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Family ‘should get Ned Kelly’s remains’

The remains of 43 executed prisoners, possibly including bushranger Ned Kelly have been found at Melbourne’s old Pentridge Prison, prompting discussion on what to do with the remains.

The discovery of Kelly’s last resting place 14 months ago by historians and Heritage Victoria archaeologists in a previously unknown gravesite in the former prison grounds attracted worldwide publicity.

The outlaw’s remains should be returned to his family and he should be given a decent burial, former Pentridge Prison chaplain Father Peter Norden said.

“I have a grand niece of Ned Kelly who is prepared to give DNA to identify the remains,” he told AAP on Tuesday.

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