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Thread #149083   Message #3468908
Posted By: GUEST,Branno
20-Jan-13 - 06:50 AM
Thread Name: Ned Kelly to Have a Funeral
Subject: RE: Ned Kelly to Have a Funeral
@Guest, guest and guest pamela - suggest you read more reliable sources than Wikipedia. As cited in my previous post, the works by Ian Jones and J.J. Kenneally are required reading for anyone who wishes to form an adult opinion of Ned Kelly, his life and times.
The eminent Welsh scholar Rhys Jones in his foreword to the Mabinogion cycle lists a set of criteria by which a mortal man assumes heroic/mythic status and his life becomes the stuff of legend. Ned Kelly meets them all. ALL, mind you. Had he performed on another kind of battlefield as he did at the siege of Glenrowan, he would be known as E. Kelly, V.C. and bar.
For previous generations of Australians, at work and at war to be "as game as Ned Kelly" was the highest praise.
The folklorist Bill Wannan in his book "Tell'em I Died Game" recounts a story from the Great War wherein a group of Aussie diggers were carousing in the vicinity of a group of Pommy Tommies. Words were exchanged, leading one of the diggers to exclaim "To hell with King George!", to which a tommy replied, "Well, to hell with Ned Kelly!"
So please educate yourselves a little more before offering your unfounded opinions, even here in the anarchic Mudcat sandpit. OK?