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From Folk to Super Hero examines Australian stock characters and archetypes by exploring the remarkable mythology surrounding one of Australia’s most famous individuals – Ned Kelly – through the analysis of his story and its impact on popular culture across the globe.

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Ned’s folklore emerged through bush ballads, whispered tales, and G.W. Hall’s The Book of Keli published while the Kelly Gang was still at large. The story continued to grow long after his demise. In 1906, the world witnessed its first full-length motion picture. Featuring Ned Kelly, it helped lay the foundations of modern pop culture, setting in motion the hero’s journey for our central character. By way of books, comics, movies, gaming, theatre, art, and merchandise, the idea of Ned has grown beyond the original narrative – taking on an almost superhero continuance.

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Kelly and Red Horse 1972 by Sir Sidney Nolan 1917-1992

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