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Paulina Porizkova shares topless selfie from New York garden

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Supermodel Paulina Porizkova is making the most of rural life in upstate New York, getting in as much rest and relaxation as possible, while sunbathing topless in her backyard. 

The 55-year-old took to Instagram on Monday morning to share a slice of her life in quarantine, posting a topless selfie while lounging in the sunshine, revealing that sitting outside with ‘as little clothes as possible’ is one of her favorite ways to spend a summer day. 

‘My favorite way to spend time on a hot and humid day. As little clothes as possible and a great book,’ the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model captioned the photo, which shows her lying on a sunlounger with sun hat on her head – and a book covering her bare chest. 

Letting loose: Paulina Porizkova took to Instagram on Monday morning to share a topless selfie while lounging in her backyard and reading a book - which she used to cover her chest

Letting loose: Paulina Porizkova took to Instagram on Monday morning to share a topless selfie while lounging in her backyard and reading a book - which she used to cover her chest

Letting loose: Paulina Porizkova took to Instagram on Monday morning to share a topless selfie while lounging in her backyard and reading a book – which she used to cover her chest 

'Goddess': The 55-year-old's Instagram followers were floored by the selfie, with many branding her 'beautiful' and 'gorgeous', while others complimented her youthful appearance

'Goddess': The 55-year-old's Instagram followers were floored by the selfie, with many branding her 'beautiful' and 'gorgeous', while others complimented her youthful appearance

'Goddess': The 55-year-old's Instagram followers were floored by the selfie, with many branding her 'beautiful' and 'gorgeous', while others complimented her youthful appearance

'Goddess': The 55-year-old's Instagram followers were floored by the selfie, with many branding her 'beautiful' and 'gorgeous', while others complimented her youthful appearance

‘Goddess’: The 55-year-old’s Instagram followers were floored by the selfie, with many branding her ‘beautiful’ and ‘gorgeous’, while others complimented her youthful appearance

Taking a stand: Paulina took a break from Instagram over the weekend, after signing off on Friday by sharing a post in support of Black Lives Matter

Taking a stand: Paulina took a break from Instagram over the weekend, after signing off on Friday by sharing a post in support of Black Lives Matter

Taking a stand: Paulina took a break from Instagram over the weekend, after signing off on Friday by sharing a post in support of Black Lives Matter

But the supermodel made clear that she certainly doesn’t spend all day every day lying back and relaxing, revealing that she only allowed herself to enjoy some R&R ‘after all the chores were done’.  

‘Also helps when oldest son is making dinner – mom gets to chill,’ she concluded the post. 

Paulina’s selfie sparked an outpouring of compliments from her followers, with many commenting on just how youthful the model looks in the snap. 

‘I’m convinced you’re an ethereal vampire goddess,’ one person wrote, while another added: ‘You are absolutely gorgeous!’   

Others were eager to know what book Paulina had chosen for her outdoor reading session, with the model revealing that she is currently enjoying Eve in Hollywood, a collection of short stories by Amor Towles.

One person even cautioned the model against using the book as a bikini top, joking: ‘Holding a book could give weird tan lines!’ 

The stunning selfie is the latest in a long series of candid snaps that the fashion star has shared during quarantine – and it’s also not the first topless image that she has posted for her followers. 

Favorite: In her latest Instagram caption, Paulina said that she loves wearing 'as little clothes as possible', something she has been able to do regularly while in quarantine

Favorite: In her latest Instagram caption, Paulina said that she loves wearing 'as little clothes as possible', something she has been able to do regularly while in quarantine

Favorite: In her latest Instagram caption, Paulina said that she loves wearing ‘as little clothes as possible’, something she has been able to do regularly while in quarantine  

Same look: She previously shared a snapshot of herself sunbathing while using a book to protect her modesty - although this time it was a digital version on an iPad

Same look: She previously shared a snapshot of herself sunbathing while using a book to protect her modesty - although this time it was a digital version on an iPad

Same look: She previously shared a snapshot of herself sunbathing while using a book to protect her modesty – although this time it was a digital version on an iPad

In July, Paulina posted a funny photo of herself posing in a pair of 20-year-old bikini bottoms, revealing that the vintage swimwear had become so well-worn that it was actually leaving black marks on her body whenever she wore it.  

‘Black marks that resemble tar started to appear on my hips and shoulders,’ she wrote alongside the image. 

‘Couldn’t figure it out for a while – until today – eureka! It’s the black dye coming off. Time for one of us to retire!’ 

Paulina has also previously posed with a book as a bikini top – although this time it was a digital copy that she was reading on her iPad.   

While the image was certainly light-hearted and fun, Paulina delved into more serious topics in the caption, opening up about aspects of the book, On Being Human by Jennifer Pastiloff, that she identified with most. 

‘This book has just hit the bookshelves as a paper back,’ she captioned the cheeky snapshot. ‘And let me tell you, Jen knows all about being human. About being a girl who needs love and is so full of self doubt and insecurities she can’t find it. (Sounds familiar). 

‘And how this girl can go on — by first forgiving herself. (Still working on that).’ 

Activities: As well as hanging out by the pool, the model has also indulged in plenty of fun hobbies while in quarantine, including knitting a sweater

Activities: As well as hanging out by the pool, the model has also indulged in plenty of fun hobbies while in quarantine, including knitting a sweater

Activities: As well as hanging out by the pool, the model has also indulged in plenty of fun hobbies while in quarantine, including knitting a sweater 

Doing it her own way: She has also been doing a lot of chores around the house, including cleaning out her green pool

Doing it her own way: She has also been doing a lot of chores around the house, including cleaning out her green pool

Doing it her own way: She has also been doing a lot of chores around the house, including cleaning out her green pool 

In between her topless selfies and candid quarantine snaps – which have included images of Paulina doing housework and cleaning out her pool, as well as documenting activities like dancing and knitting – the model has also broached some much more serious topics. 

On Friday, Paulina signed off from Instagram for the weekend by sharing a post in support of Black Lives Matter, an old modeling shot of herself with the words written across it. 

‘For the weekend, I will sign off with [a flashback Friday post] AND a very current sentiment, which I keep hoping will spread instead of Corona,’ she wrote in the caption. 

‘Have a lovely weekend everyone, remember that our hearts are not closed chambers: more love will not break them, instead, they’ll expand to hold more love.’

And earlier this month, she posted a makeup-free selfie as she admitted she is ‘super insecure’ about her appearance and ‘trying to come to terms’ with her aging. 

‘This is what 55 looks like — on a good day… Freshly rolled out of bed. Had a good nights sleep (for a change) after a lovely July 4th weekend,’ she wrote. ‘But also waking up to tragic and sad news of the pandemic — a reminder that that happiness is a butterfly, it’s only a perfect moment in time and like all else, it passes. 

‘Disturbing and comforting all at once — nothing good lasts — but nor does anything bad…#fiftyfiveandcounting #betweenjloandbettywhite #nofilters #nofillers #nobotox YET!’ she continued.  

Memory: The mother of two has been morning the death of her estranged husband Ric Ocasek, who passed away on September 15 at the age of 75

Memory: The mother of two has been morning the death of her estranged husband Ric Ocasek, who passed away on September 15 at the age of 75

Memory: The mother of two has been morning the death of her estranged husband Ric Ocasek, who passed away on September 15 at the age of 75 

Memories: Paulina met The Cars frontman while the band was filming a music video in 1984 and became his third wife in 1989. They had two sons together, Jonathan, 26, and Oliver, 22

Memories: Paulina met The Cars frontman while the band was filming a music video in 1984 and became his third wife in 1989. They had two sons together, Jonathan, 26, and Oliver, 22

Memories: Paulina met The Cars frontman while the band was filming a music video in 1984 and became his third wife in 1989. They had two sons together, Jonathan, 26, and Oliver, 22

‘(BTW, posting this photo because I’m super insecure about my appearance — not proud of it! I may have body dysmorphia in the opposite direction: believing I look much better than I actually do. I’m so used to looking one way in photos, that this older me that stares back shocks me. By posting myself unaltered, I’m really trying to come to terms with my aging. I figure if I put the real ME out there, I’ll get used to being older – eventually.) 

‘Also noteworthy — to fix impending jowls — smile.’ 

It’s been a difficult few years for Paulina, who has had to mourn both the end of her marriage and the death of her estranged husband Ric Ocasek. 

She had announced in May 2018 that they had split quietly the previous year after 28 years of marriage. Though they were divorcing, they continued to share a New York townhouse and that is where Paulina found the famed rock star dead.

A medical examiner determined that the musician died on September 15 at the age of 75 from hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease with pulmonary emphysema being a contributing factor.

Since his passing, Paulina has been incredibly open about her struggle to process her emotions about his death. 

Paulina met The Cars frontman while the band was filming the music video for Drive in 1984 and became his third wife in five years later. They had two sons together, Jonathan, 26, and Oliver, 22. 

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‘I knew she was gone’: Mother’s heartbreaking reaction after running over her 17-month-old daughter

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The grieving parents of a baby girl who died after being run over by the family’s 4WD have told of how they broke the devastating news to her young sister and brother. 

Anna Seagren, aged 17 months, was killed when she was hit at the family’s farm on Victor Harbor Road in Mount Jagged, South Australia, at about 3.45pm on Friday. 

‘I saw her as soon as I made the mistake so I knew that she was gone,’ said heartbroken mother Jessi Seagren.

Beautiful toddler Anna Seagren, 17 months, was killed when she was accidentally run over by her parents' 4WD in Mount Jagged, south of Adelaide, South Australia on Friday

Beautiful toddler Anna Seagren, 17 months, was killed when she was accidentally run over by her parents' 4WD in Mount Jagged, south of Adelaide, South Australia on Friday

Beautiful toddler Anna Seagren, 17 months, was killed when she was accidentally run over by her parents’ 4WD in Mount Jagged, south of Adelaide, South Australia on Friday

Parents Danny Seagren (left) and Jessi (right) told of the devastating moment they had to break the news to their other young children that they would never see their baby sister again

Parents Danny Seagren (left) and Jessi (right) told of the devastating moment they had to break the news to their other young children that they would never see their baby sister again

Parents Danny Seagren (left) and Jessi (right) told of the devastating moment they had to break the news to their other young children that they would never see their baby sister again

Jessi had taken the vehicle to pick up her eldest daughter, Grace, from the bus stop when the tragic accident unfolded. 

South Australia Police said late on Friday night that paramedics had tried to save the girl at the scene, but sadly she could not be revived.

Jessie and her husband, Danny, then had to face the unbearable task of telling their other young children Grace, five, and three-year-old Jack that they would never see their little sister again.  

‘We’ve told the other kids that she’s an angel now and she’s not going to come home anymore – but we can still talk to her and we love her, and that we were lucky to be her parents for those 17 months,’ Jessi told Seven News Adelaide.

Jessi and Danny reached out to warn other parents who think it can never happen to them, pleading with them to slow down, don’t rush and to give their babies an extra last cuddle.

‘We just didn’t see her come out,’ Jessi said.

Paramedics worked on Anna Seagren (pictured) but she could not be revived

Paramedics worked on Anna Seagren (pictured) but she could not be revived

Paramedics worked on Anna Seagren (pictured) but she could not be revived

Devastated mum Jessi said she didn't see toddler Anna (pictured) come out

Devastated mum Jessi said she didn't see toddler Anna (pictured) come out

Devastated mum Jessi said she didn’t see toddler Anna (pictured) come out

The parents told of how much they loved their beautiful little girl who completed their family and have said how much they would miss her. 

‘She was really cheeky, really cuddly and affectionate. She was just a perfect, happy, boisterous, gorgeous girl,’ Jessi told Adelaide Now. 

Shattered at their loss, the Seagrens remembered the happy tot for her cheerfulness and playful nature.

‘She loved going on the motorbikes. ‘She loved the chickens. She would chase them around,’ Mrs Seagren said.

‘(And) she loved her swimming lessons. She was learning to kick her legs.’

Anna was ‘best mates’ with her brother Jack and copied everything he did.

They said their baby girl will be ‘really missed’.  

One child is run over in their own driveway across Australia each week, according to South Australia’s Department for Infrastructure and Transport.

More than a third of children aged under six who died in crashes were killed ‘off road’ in yards, car parks and driveways. 

ONE TODDLER IS RUN OVER IN THEIR DRIVEWAY EVERY WEEK 

In Australia, one toddler is run over in their driveway every week.

On average, seven children die each year

90 per cent of those killed aged under five 

60 are seriously injured after being hit by a motor vehicle at home 

 70 per cent of those injured are aged under five

 TO KEEP YOUR CHILD SAFE YOU CAN:

 Always supervise, hold their hands, when a vehicle is to be moved 

Put the children in the car when you move it  

Encourage children to play in areas far from the driveway 

Limit access to the driveway with fencing or gates

Know your car’s blind spots  

 Source: South Australia Department for Infrastructure and Transport website

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Was Ned Kelly the last samurai? Japanese warrior’s costume could have inspired bushranger’s armour

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The armour worn by bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang 140 years ago might have been inspired by a Japanese samurai suit tucked away in a regional Australian museum.

The Kelly Gang famously wore suits of armour fashioned from ploughs when they went into their final battle with police at Glenrowan in north-east Victoria.

Ned’s steel protective outfit attracted international attention after the gang’s violent demise in a hail of bullets and fire and has become an iconic Australian image.

But exactly what inspired Kelly and his gang to wear armour and how it was made has been speculated on for more than a century.    

Six years before the Glenrowan gunfight thousands of spectators had gathered at nearby Beechworth for a carnival which featured a colourful parade of costumes.

And among those to take part in that great November 1874 carnival was a Chinese gold miner wearing a samurai suit. 

The armour worn by bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang 140 years ago might have been inspired by a Japanese samurai suit (pictured) now on display at a regional Australian museum

The armour worn by bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang 140 years ago might have been inspired by a Japanese samurai suit (pictured) now on display at a regional Australian museum

The armour worn by bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang 140 years ago might have been inspired by a Japanese samurai suit (pictured) now on display at a regional Australian museum

The Kelly Gang famously wore suits of armour fashioned from ploughs when they went into their final battle with police at Glenrowan in north-east Victoria. Ned Kelly's armour is pictured

The Kelly Gang famously wore suits of armour fashioned from ploughs when they went into their final battle with police at Glenrowan in north-east Victoria. Ned Kelly's armour is pictured

The Kelly Gang famously wore suits of armour fashioned from ploughs when they went into their final battle with police at Glenrowan in north-east Victoria. Ned Kelly’s armour is pictured

The Kelly Gang's armour protected the bushrangers' heads and torsos but not their lower arms and legs. Two suits of armour are pictured after the seige at Glenrowan in June 1880

The Kelly Gang's armour protected the bushrangers' heads and torsos but not their lower arms and legs. Two suits of armour are pictured after the seige at Glenrowan in June 1880

The Kelly Gang’s armour protected the bushrangers’ heads and torsos but not their lower arms and legs. Two suits of armour are pictured after the seige at Glenrowan in June 1880

The large local Chinese community had sent hundreds of pounds to their homeland to purchase banners, costumes and ceremonial weapons for the carnival the previous year. 

That memorabilia, including the Japanese armour, arrived on the ship Onward at Port Phillip Bay from Hong Kong and travelled overland to Beechworth.

The samurai suit, from the Edo period (1603 to 1868), featured cylindrical breast plates, shoulder pieces and aprons, as did the armour Kelly wore at Glenrowan. 

His best mate and future Kelly Gang member Joe Byrne was from Beechworth and would have been almost 18 when he likely attended the carnival. 

Kelly himself could also have seen the Japanese armour as he lived in the same district, was not in jail at the time, and was a month shy of turning 20. 

Byrne, a regular opium smoker, had many friends among the Chinese miners, was interested in their history and customs and could speak conversational Cantonese. 

After Joe Byrne, Dan Kelly and Steve Hart were killed and Ned Kelly captured at the Glenrowan seige their armour was mixed up for years. It was re-assembled early this century. Left to right is the armour word by Ned Kelly, Dan Kelly and Steve Hart

After Joe Byrne, Dan Kelly and Steve Hart were killed and Ned Kelly captured at the Glenrowan seige their armour was mixed up for years. It was re-assembled early this century. Left to right is the armour word by Ned Kelly, Dan Kelly and Steve Hart

After Joe Byrne, Dan Kelly and Steve Hart were killed and Ned Kelly captured at the Glenrowan seige their armour was mixed up for years. It was re-assembled early this century. Left to right is the armour word by Ned Kelly, Dan Kelly and Steve Hart

Police had found five bullet marks on Ned Kelly's helmet, three on the breast plate, nine on the back plate and one on the shoulder. His armour is pictured

Police had found five bullet marks on Ned Kelly's helmet, three on the breast plate, nine on the back plate and one on the shoulder. His armour is pictured

The samurai suit (pictured) has been held at Beechworth's Burke Museum since 1943

The samurai suit (pictured) has been held at Beechworth's Burke Museum since 1943

Police had found five bullet marks on Ned Kelly’s helmet, three on the breast plate, nine on the back plate and one on the shoulder. His armour is pictured left. The samurai suit (right) has been held at Beechworth’s Burke Museum since 1943

However, he was apparently not keen on Kelly’s later idea to don armour for the gang’s last stand at Glenrowan in June 1880.  

The heavy armour – Ned’s weighed 44 kilograms – protected the bushrangers’ heads and torsos but not their lower arms and legs. Only Ned’s suit had upper arm plates.

Byrne, Ned’s brother Dan and fourth gang member Steve Hart all wore armour under their oilskin coats at Glenrowan and were killed during the gun battle with police. 

‘I always said this bloody armour would bring us to grief,’ Byrne reportedly told Kelly during the siege. 

Ned survived but was hanged on November 11, 1880. Police found five bullet marks on his helmet, three on the breast plate, nine on the back plate and one on the shoulder.  

The samurai suit is now held at Beechworth’s Burke Museum where guide Graeme McIntosh tells visitors it would have been widely noted at the 1874 carnival and remembered for years. 

‘We also know that Joe Byrne was friendly with many of the local Chinese because of his opium addiction and probably had ready access to the armour for close scrutiny,’ he said.

Ned Kelly is pictured shortly before he was hanged at Melbourne Gaol on November 11, 1880

Ned Kelly is pictured shortly before he was hanged at Melbourne Gaol on November 11, 1880

Joe Byrne (pictured) was Ned Kelly's best mate and a well-read opium smoker

Joe Byrne (pictured) was Ned Kelly's best mate and a well-read opium smoker

Ned Kelly is pictured left shortly before he was hanged at Melbourne Gaol on November 11, 1880. Joe Byrne (pictured) was Ned Kelly’s best mate and a well-read opium smoker

Thousands of Chinese miners came to Beechworth during the gold rush 

The 1850s Victorian gold rush saw thousands of Chinese miners converge on Beechworth, 280km north-east of Melbourne. 

Mining camps sprang up as gold was discovered at Spring Creek, Reedy Creek, Silver Creek, the Nine Mile Creek and Woolshed Valley.

At the height of the Ovens Goldfields rush, the Chinese population in Beechworth was about 7,000 out of a total of 30,000 to 40,000 people. 

Colonial prejudice meant the Chinese were not allowed to live in Beechworth. 

Instead, the town had a permanent Chinese camp, temple, shops and a section of Beechworth Cemetery where some 2,000 Chinese were buried. 

Towers built at the cemetery in 1857 were used by relatives and friends for burning paper money in memory of the dead. 

A memorial in recognition of the Chinese contribution to society in Australia was erected in the Chinese section of the cemetery n 2010.

Source: Explore Beechworth 

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‘It has been said that the construction contained wood and bamboo but this is incorrect as the construction consisted of leather and metal.’ 

Ian Jones, the late Kelly expert and author of the definitive biography Ned Kelly: A Short Life, believed Byrne had seen the Japanese suit, which he wrongly described as Chinese.

‘Even though Joe didn’t like the idea he may have helped design the suits – basing the body armour… on  a set of ancient Chinese armour imported for the Beechworth carnival of 1874… ‘ he wrote. 

Tom Thompson is a historian who has described and verified Kelly memorabilia for leading auction houses and published three historical books on Ned. 

‘Joe Byrne was well read and literate,’ Mr Thompson said. ‘He had several Chinese friends from his early teens, so it is highly likely that Byrne was party to the 1874 Beechworth event.

The Kelly Gang seized the town of Glenrowan in the Warby Ranges on June 28, 1880 with failed plans to derail a police train coming from Melbourne. Kelly (in sketch above) confronted police in a suit of armour but was shot in the legs

The Kelly Gang seized the town of Glenrowan in the Warby Ranges on June 28, 1880 with failed plans to derail a police train coming from Melbourne. Kelly (in sketch above) confronted police in a suit of armour but was shot in the legs

The Kelly Gang seized the town of Glenrowan in the Warby Ranges on June 28, 1880 with failed plans to derail a police train coming from Melbourne. Kelly (in sketch above) confronted police in a suit of armour but was shot in the legs

‘Considering what the basic armour looks like, it is pretty clear that the Kelly armour had the pattern of the Japanese, with the addition of the full helmet.

‘If this piece went to auction, with the Byrne link, it would sell for $30,000 to $40,000.’ 

Dan Kelly's armour consisted of a breast plate, back plate, apron and helmet

Dan Kelly's armour consisted of a breast plate, back plate, apron and helmet

Dan Kelly’s armour consisted of a breast plate, back plate, apron and helmet

Jones suggested Kelly may also have been inspired by something he read in his favourite book, Lorna Doone, a historical romance novel by R.D. Blackmore published in 1869. 

That book includes a memorable passage in which a notorious band of outlaws rides with their plunder back to a valley stronghold.  

‘Heavy men and large of stature, reckless how they bore their guns or how they sate their horses, with leather jerkins and long boots, and iron plates on breast and head,’ it says.

Mr McIntosh suggested yet another theory. ‘Like all Kelly stories there is always a contrary anecdote to muddy the waters,’ he said. 

Descendants of German/Austrian miners from Beechworth claim the Kelly armour design was taken from a European Cuirassiers outfit of helmet and breast plate worn in the same 1874 procession.

‘But this outfit was worn by mounted cavalry and did not use the plate worn as protection for the groin area that the samurai warrior did and is represented in the Kelly armour,’ Mr McIntosh said. 

‘So it would appear that the samurai armour has the greater claim to being used as the design model.’

Paul O’Keefe’s great-great grandmother Ettie Williams was Steve Hart’s younger sister and according to family lore, Ned Kelly’s fiancee or wife. 

‘I’m not convinced that the Kelly Gang armour was inspired by Japanese samurai armour seen at a parade some years earlier in Beechworth,’ he said.

‘To the point, this theory is totally contradicted some six years later when Joe Byrne was overheard at the siege at Glenrowan yelling at Ned Kelly, “I told you this bloody armour would bring us to grief”.

‘This conversation was overheard after the initial volley of shots were exchanged between the Kelly Gang and the police. 

‘So in my opinion, the armour was Ned’s idea. Who or what really did inspire the building of these iconic armours we will never know.

‘But I do know it was an ingenious use of what they had at hand to protect themselves against the latest state of the art weaponry the police had at that time.’

Amateur historian and Kelly enthusiast Bill Denheld also cited the Byrne quote from Glenrowan as evidence the armour was not his idea. But he still thought the samurai suit was significant to the story. 

‘Joe lived in the area and very likely Ned, Dan and Steve Hart as well attended the Beechworth carnival,’ Mr Denheld said.

Tour guide Graeme McIntosh said it was a mystery how the samurai suit (pictured in case) found its way from Japan to China but it may have been souvenired after a skirmish in Korea

Tour guide Graeme McIntosh said it was a mystery how the samurai suit (pictured in case) found its way from Japan to China but it may have been souvenired after a skirmish in Korea

Tour guide Graeme McIntosh said it was a mystery how the samurai suit (pictured in case) found its way from Japan to China but it may have been souvenired after a skirmish in Korea

A police officer adjusts the helmet of Dan Kelly's armour which is displayed alongside that of Steve Hart at the Victoria Police Museum. Ned Kelly's armour belongs to the State Library of Victoria and Joe Byrne's is in private hands

A police officer adjusts the helmet of Dan Kelly's armour which is displayed alongside that of Steve Hart at the Victoria Police Museum. Ned Kelly's armour belongs to the State Library of Victoria and Joe Byrne's is in private hands

A police officer adjusts the helmet of Dan Kelly’s armour which is displayed alongside that of Steve Hart at the Victoria Police Museum. Ned Kelly’s armour belongs to the State Library of Victoria and Joe Byrne’s is in private hands

‘Their seeing war armour from the ancient Orient would have made an impression on any young person especially those that were of lower classes, which the British autocracy wanted to retain.’ 

Items featured in the 1874 parade and subsequent carnivals were donated to the Beechworth District Hospital and Ovens Benevolent Society committees in 1910.

The hospital committees gave the suit of armour, banners and ceremonial weapons to the Burke Museum in 1943. 

Mr McIntosh said it was a mystery how the samurai suit found its way from Japan to China in the first place but it may have been souvenired following a skirmish in Korea.

‘The samurai cause was lost with the banning of the armour by Japanese law in 1876,’ he said. 

‘Little did they know that a folk hero would resurrect the tradition four years later in a little known town called Glenrowan on the other side of the world.

‘Like the samurai warrior Kelly’s cause was also lost, but dare I say it, Ned Kelly was the last samurai.’

How four outlaws in armour rode their way into Australian history

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Ned Kelly (pictured) led a gang of outlaws including his brother Dan, Joe Byrne and Steve Hart

The Kelly Gang – Ned Kelly, brother Dan Kelly, Joe Byrne and Steve Hart – caused havoc across Victoria’s north-east in the late 1870s.

Descended from Irish convicts and immigrants, they were supported by other poor farming families persecuted by police and downtrodden by colonial rule.  

In October 1878, after the Kellys’ mother had been arrested, the gang shot dead three policemen who had been hunting for them at Stringybark Creek.

In December 1878 they held up a station near Euroa, taking its occupants hostage. The next morning they robbed the local bank after cutting the town’s telegraph wires. 

In February the following year the gang took over Jerilderie in southern New South Wales for three days, robbing the bank and locking the local police in their cells.

Back in their home state Ned decided the gang would need armour for his further plans of robbing more banks and rebelling against authority.

He chose to fashion the armour from plough mouldboards – broad and slightly turned steel blades that sit above and behind the cutting edge, or share.

The armour was designed primarily for close-range action on foot but could be worn on horseback. 

There is some dispute about whether the four suits were made by sympathetic blacksmiths, fashioned by the gang using a bush forge, or a combination of both. 

Once armoured, the gang seized the town of Glenrowan in the Warby Ranges on June 28, 1880 with plans to derail a police train coming from Melbourne.

Byrne, Dan Kelly and Hart were killed in a siege waged from the Glenrowan Inn and Ned, whose armour had saved him from death by police bullets, was captured the next morning. He was hanged on November 11, 1880.

Ned’s suit is now owned by the State Library of Victoria. Dan Kelly and Steve Hart’s armour is held by Victoria Police and Byrne’s is in private hands.  

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Western Australian mother breaks down reliving moment son was found in bushland after 12 hour search

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A mum whose young son spent 12 hours lost in dense bushland burst into tears revealing she feared she would never see her little boy again.

Three-year-old James ‘Jimmy’ O’Reilly wandered into bushland surrounding the AirBnb home his family were staying in during a holiday at Karli Rise in Yallingup, 256km south of Perth, on Saturday morning.

The adventurous youngster sparked a 12-hour search in freezing conditions as strong winds, heavy rain and hail battered the region. 

As night fell and there was still no sign of Jimmy, his frantic parents Michelle Buckley and and Chis O’Reilly were living every parent’s worst nightmare.

Little Jimmy O'Reilly, pictured with his relieved parents Michelle Buckley and Chris O'Reilly was all smiles on Sunday, a day after he spent 12 hours lost in dense bushland

Little Jimmy O'Reilly, pictured with his relieved parents Michelle Buckley and Chris O'Reilly was all smiles on Sunday, a day after he spent 12 hours lost in dense bushland

 Little Jimmy O’Reilly, pictured with his relieved parents Michelle Buckley and Chris O’Reilly was all smiles on Sunday, a day after he spent 12 hours lost in dense bushland

‘Once it was getting close to sunset, I was really starting to panic,’ Ms Buckley told reporters.

‘I was just losing hope, I honestly thought we were going to … find him dead.

‘I didn’t think I was going to find him alive, I thought I was going to have to bury my son.’

Hours earlier, she had been feeding her baby son Henry when Jimmy followed the family’s dogs into nearby bushland.

The family had arrived at the property a day earlier. 

Jimmy’s disappearance sparked a widespread search that included a police helicopter, search dogs and mounted units, State Emergency Service volunteers and local residents desperate to help find the blond-haired blue-eyed youngster.

Michelle Buckley burst into tears as she recalled how she feared the worst about her little boy

Michelle Buckley burst into tears as she recalled how she feared the worst about her little boy

Michelle Buckley burst into tears as she recalled how she feared the worst about her little boy

Jimmy O'Reilly vanished around 7.30am on Saturday at Karli Rise in Yallingup, south of Perth

Jimmy O'Reilly vanished around 7.30am on Saturday at Karli Rise in Yallingup, south of Perth

Jimmy O’Reilly vanished around 7.30am on Saturday at Karli Rise in Yallingup, south of Perth

Jimmy was wearing Spider-Man pyjamas and thick wellington boots, which would have helped him cope with the horrendous conditions.

Locals regard the areas as one of the most dangerous precincts in the Cape’s region.

Jimmy was miraculously found by his grandfather and uncle at about 7pm on Saturday night, one kilometre away from where he vanished. 

While cold, thirsty and hungry, Jimmy was relatively unscathed. 

Ms Buckley fell to the floor when she learned Jimmy has been found. 

‘They put him in the car and brought him back to us. We brought him inside, took off his pyjamas and wrapped him up in a blanket,’ she told the West Australian.

‘He was smiling, talking to (his baby brother) and he said ‘I went out into the bush’, and it was just the most beautiful moment.’

A frantic search for the child was launched earlier on Saturday Pictured SES teams search bushland looking for Jimmy before he was eventually found by his gradfather

A frantic search for the child was launched earlier on Saturday Pictured SES teams search bushland looking for Jimmy before he was eventually found by his gradfather

A frantic search for the child was launched earlier on Saturday Pictured SES teams search bushland looking for Jimmy before he was eventually found by his gradfather

Jimmy (pictured after his big adventure) spent the night in hospital under observation

Jimmy (pictured after his big adventure) spent the night in hospital under observation

Jimmy (pictured after his big adventure) spent the night in hospital under observation

Mr O’Reilly said there was joy and tears when they heard Jimmy had been found safe.

‘I could have ran on water,’ he told reporters.

‘It was the highlight of the worst day of my life.

‘The fact that he was talking and smiling. He was definitely cold and afraid and hungry.

‘It was sad seeing him like that. But he basically walked out of it without a scratch, on him, which is crazy.’

After telling his grandfather was hungry, Jimmy was given water to drink, Oreos and a Snickers chocolate bar before being reunited with his parents.

Jimmy O'Reilly, 3, (pictured) was found safe and sound after a desperate search in bushland

Jimmy O'Reilly, 3, (pictured) was found safe and sound after a desperate search in bushland

Jimmy O’Reilly, 3, (pictured) was found safe and sound after a desperate search in bushland

Jimmy was then transported to hospital and after an overnight stay for observation, was discharged on Sunday morning.

His parents, along with WA Police Force have thanked the emergency service volunteers and community members involved in the search.

WA Premier Mark McGowan was also pleased to hear Jimmy had been found safe and well.

‘I’m sure all of us who are parents felt for his family in that very traumatic situation,’ he said.

‘Finding little Jimmy was a wonderful thing. A tragedy averted.’

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