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Kate Kelly gun sold at auction

Alison Barclay
November 14, 2007


A gun once owned by Ned Kelly's sister, Kate, sold at auction last night in Melbourne for $71,700.

The tiny .32 calibre revolver was knocked down to an absentee bidder at Mossgreen Auctions in South Yarra.

Engraved with K.K. it was found a few years ago when a house once occupied by Kate in the New South Wales town of Forbes was demolished.

The revolver had been coated with lard, wrapped in leather and hidden in the house's cavity.

It bears the insignia of the Royal Constabulary, associated with the police who hunted the Kelly gang between 1878 and 1880.

In 1880, the year her brother was hanged, teenage Kate was a well-known exhibitor of revolvers and rifles in Sydney.

This article can be found in Herald Online - Wednesday, 14 November 2007.

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