Ned Kelly's Jerilderie Letter
Edited primary source
64 pp | Years 5–8
Ned Kelly, the bushranger, began writing this letter at Jerilderie to explain and justify his actions – so people would understand why he acted as he did. He wrote as if he was the victim of mistakes and bullying by police. Carole Wilkinson has edited Ned's letter so that it is easier to read, by putting the events into chronological order, adding punctuation and removing repetition. But she has been careful to retain Ned's voice. This book is important because it is based on a primary source – Ned Kelly's original letter.
Carole Wilkinson writes non-fiction and fiction, and she has been awarded for both types of writing. She is best known and loved for her Dragonkeeper trilogy, set in Ancient China during the Han Dynasty.
As well as being an expert in dragons, Carole is also an authority on Ned Kelly. Ned Kelly's Jerilderie Letter is her second factual book on this topic. Her first was the acclaimed Black Snake: The Daring of Ned Kelly. As well as other factual texts including Alexander the Great: Reckless Conqueror and Fire in the Belly: The Inside Story of the Modern Olympics, Carole has written the popular Ramose fiction series set in Ancient Egypt.