By 1878 Irish migrant Edward (Ned) Kelly (18551880) and his brother Dan Kelly (18611880) had a price of £100 on their heads and were hiding in the Wombat Ranges in Victoria. At the time, it was believed Ned had wounded Constable Fitzpatrick. One month later, the price on their head had increased to £500 each, dead or alive, after three policemen from the Mansfield station had been killed at Stringy Bark Creek. Following their daytime robbery of the National Bank at Euroa, the price for Dan and Ned Kelly rose to £1,000 each. In February 1879, the reward for the capture of Ned Kelly and his brother had risen to £2,000 after they robbed the Bank of New South Wales at Jerilderie. Ned Kelly gave the bank teller a statement of more than 8,000 words, known as the ‘Jerilderie letter’, which was a justification for his actions. In 1880 at Glenrowan, Ned Kelly was wounded in a shootout with police, and sentenced to death at his trial in Melbourne. Despite strong support for a reprieve, he was hanged on 11 November 1880. The other Kelly gang members, Dan Kelly, Steve Hart and Jo Byrne, died at Glenrowan.

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