The photograph was owned by Ellen Kelly, Ned’s mother and passed on to her family after her death in 1923.
O’Reilly never wavered nor deviated from his primary goal of a free Ireland.
‘Death or liberty, and a ship to take us home’ was the catch cry of the largely Irish convicts ——- who staged the Castle Hill rebellion in NSW in 1804:
Homesickness was a wound but our dear children
in time helped us better relate to it all here,