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Ned Kelly's Bones Buried 132 Years After Death
The remains of Australia's most notorious outlaw, Ned Kelly, have been laid to rest 132 years after the bushranger's death by hanging.
Kelly's descendants buried his bones - minus his missing skull - during a private family service on Sunday at a small cemetery in Greta, Victoria, where his mother is also buried.
Edward (Ned) Kelly, a baptised Catholic, was denied a burial service after he was hanged at Melbourne Gaol in 1880.
His decapitated body was entombed in the dirt with no family members present.
Kelly led a gang of bank robbers in Victoria and was hanged on November 11, 1880 for the killing of three police officers.
The location of Kelly's remains was unknown until late 2011, when forensic scientists identified his bones after they were found in a mass grave at the now-closed Pentridge Prison site.
After a five-year process the remains were given back to Kelly's descendants, but his skull has been missing since it was stolen from a display case at the Old Melbourne Gaol in 1978.
"We've brought him home, back to his family and back to the area that he loved - and we've given him his final wish, so that makes us quite happy," Kelly's great-grand-niece, Joanne Griffiths, told Channel 9.
Sunday's service was a private event for descendants and family friends.
On Friday, around 300 people attended a public service in the Victorian country town of Wangaratta to bid farewell to the bushranger.
Ms Griffiths said that because family graves in the area had been "fiddled with over the years" extra precautions were being taken to ensure the grave site would be kept safe.
Kelly's legacy remains divisive in Australia.
Although he led a criminal gang and was convicted of murder, some believe his stand against authority reflected the struggles faced by many early European settlers in the country.
what do you think?
A miscalculated long drop hanging can decapitate the felon. Not nice!
this man was evil and his family should be ashamed of the distress and hurt he caused others, but instead they will try and cash in, if they had any morals they would not want have anything to do with this.