This collage image was created by Stuart Dawson based on Sid Nolan's 'First Class Marksman' when accidentally Ned shots poor George in the right eye while testing the function of a revolver.




This page was first uploaded to Ironicon 23 November 2019

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Since the Kelly Gang siege at Glenrowan, the police have almost universally been blamed for the subsequent death of labourer George Metcalf, who claimed he was struck by a police bullet during the siege and had his medical costs paid by the police.

However, witness statements of the time show that Metcalf was accidentally shot in the face by Ned Kelly before the siege began.

This article by Stuart Dawson shows how a
false view of history and inadequate research wrongly blamed the police for Metcalf's injury.