Pursuing Ned Kelly in the 1950s single work   criticism  
Issue Details: First known date: 2007 2007
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Discusses John Vincent Barry's research into Ned Kelly for an Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB) entry (finally published in an edited version in the ADB in 1974). Barry began research in 1949-1950 for a book on the legal aspect's of the Kelly case but the book was shelved possibly due to the concurrent research by Frank Clune for his work The Kelly Hunters. Finnane looks at the research of both authors and particularly at the pioneering research of Barry.


  • Mark Finnane notes at the end of this article that the full text of Barry's ADB biography of Ned Kelly was published in the Age in July 1970 under the title 'Mother's Boy as Folk Hero', a 'sardonic banner ... not quite what Barry would have wanted...' (13)

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