Kevin Rudd descended from thieves and forgers
The PM learned of his colourful antecedents yesterday when presented with two leather-bound volumes of his family tree.
PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd is descended from solid convict stock, and his forebears include a London street urchin banished to Australia for stealing petticoats.
Mr Rudd also has distant relatives who were forgers and sugar and glue thieves.
Anywhere else it would be a cause of embarassment, if not a modicum of shame. But to a country where a convict ancestry gives you aristocratic status, the revelation that the Australian Prime Minister is descended from not just one felon but six is a source of delight.
Kevin Rudd has already boasted of having convicts on both sides of his family - "an absolute pedigree" as he has called it.
But there's no higher pedigree than counting in your ancestry a thief, a forger and a highway robber - aged 11.