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

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

4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9

Learning area
  • English
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • History

Other details

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  • Name: State Library of Victoria
  • Organization: State Library of Victoria
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  • Interactive
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