At first I thought it must be the name of a lesbian softball team, but it turns out that “Bushrangers” were escaped convicts in the early years of the British settlement of Australia at the start of the 19th century who used the Australian bush as a refuge to hide from the authorities. Ned Kelly (1854 – 1880) was a bushranger, plus an outlaw, gang leader and convicted murderer. One of the last bushrangers, and by far the most famous, he is best known for wearing a suit of bulletproof armor during his final shootout with the police.
The Story Of The Kelly Gang (1906) is the world’s first dramatic feature-length film. Among those who have portrayed him are Mick Jagger in Ned Kelly (1970) and Heath Ledger in Ned Kelly (2003). In 2001, Peter Carey won the Man Booker Prize for his novel True History Of The Kelly Gang, written from Kelly’s perspective. The Ned Kelly Awards are Australia’s premier prize for crime fiction and true crime writing. Kelly is the subject of songs by musicians as diverse as Johnny Cash (Ned Kelly), Midnight Oil (When Ned Kelly Was King), and Fairport Convention (Ballad Of Ned Kelly).
Quite the fashion plate, Kelly’s look predates the 21st century Portland, Oregon men’s style.