Lead: Because of its origins as a penal colony, the dumping ground for Britain’s criminal class in the early nineteenth century, Australia’s citizens have a strong trace of scorn for overblown authority. No better example - the popularity of Ned Kelly. 

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: Edward “Ned” Kelly’s father was a convict, shipped to Australia after being arrested in Ireland for stealing two pigs. The boy’s was not an easy childhood, but was probably raised in an environment hostile to that colonial enterprise founded on transportation and convict labor. After his father’s sudden death when Ned was 14 his mother moved her family to the Glenrowan region of northeast Victoria. As the oldest of seven children he had to drop out of school to help support the struggling family and, not surprisingly, about that time he began to get into trouble with the police. Over the years he was arrested and served time for stealing livestock, assault and a stream of general trouble-making.

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