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Patrick Brennan: the legend of Ned Kelly


Play the role of a reporter in 1881. Produce a feature article for a newspaper about the life of Ned Kelly. Review a brief history. Interview his friends and enemies. Gather evidence of social and political influences that affected Ned Kelly’s life. Compile an article that explores the myth and decide whether Ned Kelly was a hero, villain or something in between.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students explore the Ned Kelly legend and his life story.
  • Students compare, analyse and synthesise accounts of Ned Kelly's life to compile a balanced view.
Educational value
  • Illustrates the legend and life of Ned Kelly in the context of the social and political setting of late 19th century Victoria.
  • Encourages students to form their own historical interpretation from a range of evidence.
  • Provides opportunities to compare, analyse and sort factual data and personal accounts.
  • Supports data collation via note-taking features with an integrated filing system.
  • Models standard essay structure and a word count feature.
  • Includes authentic historical materials such as photographs, legal documents and artwork.
  • Simulates voices and appearances of fictional historical characters.
  • Offers an option to print persuasive texts compiled by the student.
Year level

5; 6; 7; 8; 9

Learning area
  • English;
  • Humanities and Social Sciences;
  • History
  • English/Language
  • English/Literacy
  • English/Literature
  • Humanities and Social Sciences/Inquiry and skills
  • Humanities and Social Sciences/Knowledge and understanding
  • Humanities and Social Sciences/History
  • History/Knowledge and understanding
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Roleplay
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 2016-10-17
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 AUSTRALIA
    • URL:
    • Copyright holder
    • Organisation: State Library of Victoria
    • Remarks: The engravings 'Encounter with bushrangers at Bendemeer, near Tamworth, NSW' and 'Kelly in the dock – A sketch from life' (detail) have been reproduced courtesy of the State Library of Victoria.
    Metadata contributors
    • Resource metadata contributed by
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)
    • Google Chrome
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • ms-internet explorer - minimum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 11.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 7.0 (MacOS) - maximum version: 7.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • ms-windows - minimum version: 7 - maximum version: 10
    • macos - minimum version: v7.1 - maximum version: OS X 10.10 Yosemite
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2016, except where indicated under Acknowledgements. This material may be used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0) licence