Author's note: ...In its broad outline, and in many details, the play is historically accurate. But it does not pretend to be accurate in every detail; and, in fact, some deliberate elimination and compression of history, as well as some invention, was necessary to fit the story into dramatic form. Charles White's The Kelly Gang was the chief source of information. The two Kellys, Hart and Byrne are portrayed as I imagine they were in real life. All the other characters, though they bear the names of people who once lived, should be regarded as fictional. D.A.S.
First produced as a radio play on the ABC, 21 June 1942 and then as a stage play by the Sydney University Dramatic Society, 14 October 1942, in Melbourne and at the Metropolitan Theatre, Sydney in March 1947. The Canberra Repertory Society produced it at the Albert Hall in July 1952. Also produced professionally in a revised version by the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, Sydney, 3 October 1956. Also produced in Auckland and Wellington, NZ, in 1953 and on BBC radio in 1955.
Tory reviews the 1947 production by May Hollinworth's Metropolitan Theatre. Critique includes: 'The bosomly barmaids are without exception attractive.'