Headless remains of criminal Ned Kelly to be turned over to relatives

Published on August 8th, 2012 | by Admin


The remains of Australian hero/criminal Ned Kelly, who killed three policemen in 1880 and famously had a stand-off where he wore home-made metal armour, will be turned over to his descendants for burial.

The headless remains of Kelly, who led a gang in Victoria in the late 1800s, were identified last November through DNA tests.

The bones were found in a mass grave outside the former Pentridge Prison.

The site’s property developers wanted to keep the remains but Kelly’s family wanted the bones returned.

State officials have issued a new licence for exhumation, which means that the developers will not be able to keep the remains for display in a museum, Australian media reported.

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Story: BBC News | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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One Response to Headless remains of criminal Ned Kelly to be turned over to relatives

  1. Hels says:

    This is a real problem, isn’t it? Ned Kelly is too significant a figure not to hand the bones over to the most important Kelly Museum in the state. I would even not consider the “rights” of the property developers, but i would have felt the family had a claim.

    What happens in other, similar cases? Can families negotiate with the various museum or heritage authorities?

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