It’s difficult to overstate how all-encompassing the figure of Ned Kelly is to Australian culture. The infamous bushranger, or rural outlaw, cut a swath of robbery and violence across Victoria and New South Wales in the 19th century, accompanied by his gang, who in later years kitted themselves out in homemade bulletproof armor to protect themselves during police shootouts. Because Ned and the Kelly gang targeted the police, the government of Victoria, and the British Empire, and because he wrote an impassioned letter justifying his crimes and seeking justice for his family and other members of the rural poor, Kelly became something of a folk hero, with sympathizers throughout the land who helped him evade capture. To this day, the myth of Ned Kelly looms large, and stands as a distillation of the independent and anti-authoritarian spirit of the Australian populace. The legendary bandit has been the subject of countless films, books, paintings, and songs over the years, and now Tom and Jenny are going down under to talk about him on a wild and woolly episode 300.
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