Dan Kelly was born in 1861.
He was Ned’s younger brother and we often read how he wore Ned’s outgrown hand-me-downs, but what was Dan really like? He was an intelligent young man, and had Ned listened to him history might have turned out very differently. At Stringybark Creek Dan suggested McIntyre be handcuffed, he wasn’t and McIntyre escaped. At Glenrowan he suggested Bracken be handcuffed and again was ignored and the policeman escaped. It was Dan who realised the danger of Curnow being allowed to go home for ‘dancing boots’ considering he lived near the police station.
It was a visit to Dan in April 1878 by Constable Fitzpatrick that caused the ‘Kelly outbreak’.
“Dan was the youngest of “Red” Kelly’s three sons. All accounts of him show that he was of a quieter and less forceful nature than his brother Ned, although the general public have been led, through the vicious misrepresentation by the police, to regard him as a treacherous and bloodthirsty scoundrel. This misrepresentation was encouraged to some extent by the remarks of his brother Ned when addressing the men imprisoned in the storeroom at Faithfull’s Creek station near Euroa. In order to prevent anyone from attempting to escape Ned Kelly said: “If any of you try to escape, Dan Kelly and Steve Hart will shoot you down like rabbits just for the fun of it.” This was taken literally, and Dan Kelly was regarded by those who were not personally acquainted with him as a bloodthirsty ruffian. Although he was regarded as an outlaw from the time he was 17 years of age till he was 19 years at his death at Glenrowan, he killed no one, he shot no one, offered violence to no neighbour and insult to no woman.”
Source : J.J. Kenneally.’The Inner History of the Kelly Gang’ 1969 edit.