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This is inside the old Melbourne Gaol, scene of much misery until the 1960s when it was converted to a museum. This is a display of some of the armour belonging to the Kelly gang, a bunch of murdering thugs who terrorised the state of Victoria towards the end of the 19th century, and who have been adored by the Australian public ever since. The suit of armour was designed to protect the wearer from police bullets, which it did. Unfortunately it weighs 45kg, rendering the occupant virtually static, and doesn't protect the legs. The police aimed low and waited for the idiot wearing it to fall over. Clearly not the sharpest knives in the drawer, the Kelly gang.

The crappy suit of armour at right is a mock setup for kiddies to put on.

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