Hero or Villain?

For the past 5 weeks we have been studying bushrangers. They have both fascinated and baffled us, but we all agree life in Australia was hard in the times of bushranging and we can understand why some people chose this lifestyle.

Now there has been much debate between fellow classmates about the great Ned Kelly. Some of us believe that Ned was a villain through and through, killing police and stealing his way through life. On the other hand some of us believe that Ned was born into a life of crime and needed to steal to help his family after his father’s death, therefore making him a hero.

So what do you think, is Ned Kelly a hero or villain? 


Please leave us a post and let us know what you think and why….

130 Comments on Hero or Villain?

  1. Angela Magut
    August 18, 2013 at 10:56 am (6 years ago)

    I think Ned Kelly was both a hero and a villain. A hero because he saved a boy from drowning and gave the money he stole to the poor. A villain because he killed people.

  2. Bianca Vains
    August 18, 2013 at 9:33 pm (6 years ago)

    Yes Ned did save Richard Shelton from drowning, so that’s one heroic thing, but like Millie said you can’t just forget all the bad things. For instance all thr robberies and murders he committed. As I said in my speech, so many people romanticise Ned Kelly’s story these days or at least alter the facts a bit. But in the end Ned Kelly is a villain and we all know that deep inside…

    So maybe he was a hero in the eyes of the people he helped but not in the eyes of the good.

  3. Todd Vains
    August 18, 2013 at 9:43 pm (6 years ago)

    In my mind Ned Kelly is not a hero at all. If we put ourselves in the shoes of those he robbed we would be scared witless and in fear of our lives. A hero does not inspire fear rather a hero inspires others to attempt the incredible and become fearless. Therefore Ned Kelly is just a common criminal.


    • Kaitlyn Kelso
      September 2, 2015 at 11:17 am (4 years ago)

      yes, but the people in the hold ups weren’t very scared. he treated them nice, bought them drinks from the bar/motel next door. he didn’t physically hurt them. and when he was hung, many people he help hostage tried to save him.

  4. Jacquie Vains
    August 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm (6 years ago)

    I don’t believe that Ned Kelly was a hero as he consistently broke the law. I certainly wouldn’t want my children looking up to him.

  5. tomas delve
    August 19, 2013 at 5:49 am (6 years ago)

    i don’t really know because i’m from America so i haven’t learnt much but what ed has told me he is a villain.

  6. will delve
    August 19, 2013 at 5:50 am (6 years ago)

    i am like my brother but i reckon he is a hero because he saved a boys life

  7. Maddy (Michaleas cousin)
    August 19, 2013 at 10:20 am (6 years ago)

    I agree with Michaela I think he was a Villain because of the violent things he had done.

  8. michaelas Auntie Yolanda
    August 19, 2013 at 10:37 am (6 years ago)

    I think that because Ned Kelly came from a poor family and suffered some injustice during his life; this was perhaps why he chose this path that ultimately led to his death. I think he was a hero because he stood up for his family and friends.

    • taradutiradha
      September 6, 2016 at 7:59 am (3 years ago)

      i think he stood up for his friends and family because his mom got prisoned in jail when she was pregnant, 3 days old.

  9. kerrie Mitchell
    August 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm (6 years ago)

    I think Ned Kelly was a bit of a Hero…..he is an Australian Icon despite his antics back in the day. Love this blog everyone, I think you all know how to put a blog together better than me!

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  10. Christine Dowling
    August 19, 2013 at 11:15 pm (6 years ago)

    Ned Kelly was from a poor Irish family who were treated very badly by the authorities in that time. I think he was a hero who fought for what he believed in. He loved his family and tried to help those around him. Unfortunately he broke the law to do so and found himself in a bad situation. The evidence as to what actually happened can be confusing but he did try to shoot his way out. He was punished for his “crimes”. However I still look at him as a hero in the Australian tradition of fighting for the underdog. Chris Dowling, Michaela’s Nanna.

  11. Catherine Makenzie ( michaela's friend)
    August 20, 2013 at 6:00 am (6 years ago)

    I think he was a hero because he fought for what he believed in and even though his actions were wrong his intentions were justified.

    • prince
      September 13, 2015 at 7:55 am (4 years ago)

      i believe ned kelly was a hero because he saved a young boy who fall in the river when going to school and i also think he was a victim because for all that he did was to protect his family

  12. Sue Benn
    August 21, 2013 at 1:42 am (6 years ago)

    Ned Kelly is considered by many a villain.
    I believe he was young and angry.
    He saw a system which was very unfair
    to the poor, including his own family.

    The other side is hero. Folk hero and
    symbol of Irish Australian resistance,
    against Anglo Australian ruling class.
    He was inventive and clever. I wonder
    what his life would be, if he was born
    today? …villain or hero .

    Sue Benn

  13. Solly Benn
    August 21, 2013 at 1:57 am (6 years ago)

    Edward (Ned) Kelly famours bushranger. Australia’s love of the larrikin may have changed the way we look at a lawbreaking villain into a folk hero

  14. Pru
    August 21, 2013 at 4:43 am (6 years ago)

    Ned Kelly was a villain who killed, robbed and terrorized towns. He broke the law and committed many crimes starting from a young age. If Ned Kelly was alive today he would not be considered a hero.

  15. jenny Mithen
    August 26, 2013 at 8:47 am (6 years ago)

    Unfortunatly Ned kelly became a villan because he came from a very poor family wich he cared for and wanted to help them live a better life. Ned Kelly decided to go and rob banks and stores and anything that he could get his hands on to help his family. In doing so that was when he became a villan by killing police and people. Ned kelly was on the run for many years before he was caught and hanged.
    So in saying this i would have to call him a villan.

  16. Tom MIthen
    August 26, 2013 at 10:19 am (6 years ago)

    Ned Kelly was a hero despite commiting some terible crimes including murder and stealing because he represented the fight against the unfair justice system and inequality faced by the poor irish convicts in australia. at the time and therefore his hero status in my view is warranted in australian folklore.

  17. mms
    September 17, 2014 at 8:28 am (5 years ago)

    hello how are you guys

  18. Yusuf Ahmed
    October 7, 2015 at 1:46 am (4 years ago)

    he is both

  19. jerry buttsniff
    October 7, 2015 at 3:35 am (4 years ago)

    ned kelly is bae

  20. taradutiradha
    September 6, 2016 at 8:00 am (3 years ago)

    ned kelly is a definite hero, because he stood up for his friends and family

  21. Selena
    September 11, 2017 at 6:43 am (2 years ago)

    Ned Kelly is a villain as he shot three policemen, robbed two a banks, stole horses and cattle. Only villains do something stupid like that, Hero saves people,doesn’t kill, steal.You get arrested if you do something bad, but when you do something good,you get rewarded like when he saved Richard from drowning he got rewarded


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