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Photograph of bushranger Stephen (Steve) Hart

2005.0054.0003

Photograph of bushranger Stephen (Steve) Hart

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Physical description

Sepia studio photographic portrait of a man standing with his hand resting on a small side table. The image appears to have had some of the details, such as the outline of the figure and the waist belt he is wearing, enhanced with pencil or ink before it was printed. "Stephen Hart Outlaw" is handwritten up the proper left side. It is mounted on a larger rectangular piece of brown cardboard.

Statement of significance

The Ned Kelly Memorabilia Collection comprises two documents relating to police actions following the killing of three policemen at Stringybark Creek in October 1878, plus a photograph of Steve Hart. The first document is one of several wanted notices sent to police stations in Australasia. The second is a receipt for the wanted notice, from stations in the Wagga Wagga police district.

Murderer and self-confessed stock-thief, Ned Kelly is arguably Australia's most recognised historical character, at least superficially. Born in December1854, he was in trouble with the police of northeastern Victoria from an early age. His 'troubles' quickly escalated through indecent behaviour, assault and stock theft to killing police and robbing banks. Finally, at Glenrowan in June 1880, he and his gang donned suits of armour to make a dramatic, but doomed, stand against the Victorian police. Kelly was taken prisoner, tried and found guilty for the murder of Constable Scanlon at Stringybark Creek. He was hanged at Melbourne Gaol on 11 November 1880.

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