Heralded myth busted in book
Author Leo Kennedy will be speaking about his new book, Black Snake: the Real Story of Ned Kelly, this month, visiting Euroa, Nagambie, Cobram and Shepparton libraries.
Mr Kennedy is the great-grandson of Sergeant Michael Kennedy who was one of the policemen murdered at Stringybark Creek in 1878.
Black Snake tells the victim’s side of the story from the boy who was raised in the shadow of his great-grandfather’s murder.
Mr Kennedy wrote Black Snake with Mic Looby, who is also the editor and illustrator of the book.
Goulburn Valley Libraries senior projects librarian Jan Sutton said the story of Ned Kelly was Australia’s most heralded myth.
‘‘The story of Ned Kelly is also the untold story of Michael Kennedy, the police sergeant slain and robbed by the outlaw 140 years ago,’’ Ms Sutton said.
Kennedy and Kelly were Irish immigrants struggling to make their way in the new colonies of Australia.
‘‘Kennedy was committed to defending the law, while Kelly was breaking it,’’ Ms Sutton said.
When their paths crossed one fateful day at Stringybark Creek, it triggered the end for one and the beginning of an incrediblemyth about the other.’’
Mr Kennedy will be speaking at Euroa Library at 2 pm and Nagambie Library at 7 pm on Tuesday, October 23, and at Cobram Library at 2 pm and Shepparton Library at 7 pm on Wednesday, October 24.
Right:tells the victim’s side of the Ned Kelly story and was written by Leo Kennedy, the boy who was raised in the shadow of his great-grandfather’s murder.