Dusters Down Under: Part 2: The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906)

2 Feb

“A thrilling moving picture from start to finish
The Most Sensational, The Most Thrilling and Interesting LIVING PICTURES EVER TAKEN.”

ned kelly song … waylon jennings

the story begins

Wikipedia: The Story of the Kelly Gang is a 1906 Australian film that traces the life of the legendary infamous outlaw and bushranger Ned Kelly (1855–1880). It was written and directed by Charles Tait. The film ran for more than an hour, and at that time was the longest narrative film yet seen in the world. Its approximate reel length was 4,000 feet …

the story of the ned kelly gang poster

There are only about ten minutes the of film left. Many rolls of damaged film were found in an old barn which was once the family home of the Crews in Yarraville, Victoria. The roles were sent to Canberra but they were unable to recover most of the footage. In November 2006 the National Film and Sound Archive made a new digital copy of the movie. This has 11 minutes of extra film which was discovered in the United Kingdom. The movie now is 17 minutes long. It has the main scene of the Kelly’s fight with the police at Glenrowan (called the Kelly’s Last Stand).

ned kelly and gang

practicing

shooting sidesaddle

ned in his armour

Ned in his famous armour

neds's end

ned stamp

ned kelly armour

Dusters Down Under Part 3: The Kelly Movies cont … 

3 Responses to “Dusters Down Under: Part 2: The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906)”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong February 2, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

    I love the hats. I’ve always thought the aussies have the best headgear.

    • jcalberta February 2, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

      funny you should say that …

      are these the hats you’re talking about?

    • jcalberta February 3, 2014 at 12:55 am #

      The Australian bush hat or digger hat, has one side of the brim turned up or pinned to the side of the hat with a Rising Sun Badge in order to allow a rifle to be slung over the shoulder.
      This is still done by some folks even though they don’t carry a rifle.

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