“My Name is Edward Kelly”


The early adventures of Ned Kelly, told in the first person. He turned to robbing when his sister was harassed by police. He has escaped all attempts to catch him. He hopes to die in battle like Donahue rather than be treated like a government slave


This song dates itself to Kelly's twenty-fourth year. Despite his hope to die in battle, he was captured and executed the next year. - RBW

Historical references

  • 1855 - Birth of Ned Kelly
  • 1880 - Execution of Kelly. His last words are reported to have been "Such is life."

Cross references


  1. Fahey-Eureka, pp. 112-114, "My Name is Edward Kelly" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Manifold-PASB, pp. 64-65, "My Name is Edward Kelly" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 91-93, "My Name is Edward Kelly" (1 text)
  4. BI, FaE112


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1964 (Manifold)
Found in: Australia