Ned Kelly’s Jerilderie Letter

Prequel to the True Tales series

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“I have been wronged…”

Ned Kelly was a dangerous man — a thief, a bank robber and a murderer. Yet when he was sentenced to hang, thousands of people rallied to save his life.

In the Jerilderie Letter we hear from Ned in his own words. Wicked, angry, vividly descriptive — this is Ned’s justification to his countrymen of how it all transpired.

This is one of the most important documents of Australia’s history.

Jerilderie Letter is currently out of print. It maybe available from your school or local library.


“…sensitively edited… Ned’s famous rant retains all his anger, indignation and sarcasm.”

 — Sunday Age, February 2007

“…a cracking yarn”

 — Jane Sullivan, The Age, April 2007

“…through this small book Wilkinson is able to give a clear sense of Ned and his times… Dean Jones’s moody, realistic illustrations effectively enhance key phrases”

 — Reading Time, 2007

“Carole Wilkinson has brought the legend of bushranger Ned Kelly to life… Dean Jones’ startlingly emotive black and white illustrations add another dimension…”

 — Madonna Valentine, History Teachers’ Association of WA, 2007