KELVYN Gill promises all fact and no opinion in the latest book about Ned Kelly to hit the bookshelves.
The Knoxfield resident is set to release his 800-page, hard cover book — titled Edward 'Ned' Kelly, The Historical Record 1820-1893 — next month and it's been a 45-year labour of love for him.
But he warns it is not a storybook and he does not provide a verdict on the never-ending debate over whether Ned Kelly was really a good guy after all.
"It is every historical piece of information I have over the past 45 years. It's all verbatim from newspapers, police records, private correspondence and royal commissions," the 68 year old said.
The book, presented in day-by-day form, has a limited print of 250 copies — and 60 people have already expressed their interest.
Mr Gill said he never intended to turn all of his research into a book but after reading several other Kelly books, he "wanted to get the history right".
He clarifies in the introduction of his book that he is not trying to "take a side" and judgment of Kelly should be left up to the individual.
Mr Gill said one of the most interesting facets of the bushranger's life was the Royal Commission into Victoria Police that resulted in a number of ground rules still in place today.
The passionate historian is also involved with the ongoing search of where the police killed by the Kelly Gang along Stringybark Creek are buried.
Mr Gill has several Kelly artefacts at his home, but there is one in particular that he is forced to keep out in the garage — a full replica of Ned Kelly's armour.
Edward 'Ned' Kelly, The Historical Record 1820-1893 will be launched at the Melbourne Celtic Club on October 24. There will be another event to celebrate the book at Beechworth Gaol on October 27. Details: email@example.com.