PROV holds many original records within our collection about the nineteenth century bushranger Edward (Ned) Kelly than any other archival institution in the world.

All of the records we hold were created or received by agencies of the Victorian Government that were involved in the hunt and conviction of Ned Kelly. For the most part, the records we hold document:

  • the murder of members of Victoria Police at Stringybark Creek
  • the  pursuit of the Kelly Gang until its “last stand” at Glenrowan
  • the capture, treatment, prosecution and execution of Ned Kelly, and
  • the work of the Kelly Reward Board and the Royal Commission into the Outbreak of the Kelly Gang and other activities that occurred after Kelly’s execution.

What do I need to know before I start?

For an overview of the Kelly story including typical records we hold, or if you are a teacher or secondary school student, our Ned Kelly exhibition is a good place to start. 

If you wish to delve deeper into the story and conduct research, follow the links set out on this page.   

Also, if you know of a specific document that has been cited in a publication about Kelly you may wish to make an online inquiry with the original citation or type into the search field.

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Record Series (VPRS) 1080/P0, unit 20.
Record Series Number (VPRS) 3991, 1226, 937, 266, 265, 515