User:Aideenuow/Bushranger Ned Kelly's remains found

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Ned Kelly the day before his execution.
Image: Australian News and Information Bureau, Canberra.

Researchers have confirmed that human remains found in Melbourne belong to the infamous Australian bush ranger Ned Kelly.

Forensic experts from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, in collaboration with the forensic DNA laboratory EAAF in Argentina, have positively identified an almost complete skeleton as the outlaw.

The investigation has taken over two years, involving the testing of over 30 skeletons, and input from historians, pathologists, anthropologists, odontologists, radiologists, and ballistics and DNA experts, to discover what happened to Kelly's body after his death in 1880.

The confirmation of the remains was made possible by a DNA sample taken from Leigh Olver, the great-grandson of Kelly's sister Ellen.

Kelly entered Australian history when he and three other men took up arms against the authorities, robbing banks and becoming a symbol of Irish-Australian defiance. After the gang fatally shot three policemen in 1878, they remained on the run for two years. Finally, Kelly was arrested while wearing his home-made suit of steel armor in 1880, after a shoot out with police.

Kelly's skeleton was found buried in a wooden axe box at Pentridge Prison, with bullet wounds on the thigh, elbow and foot, sustained in the moments before his capture. The remains were mixed with the bodies of 33 others exhumed from Pentridge Prison in 2009.

Attorney-General Robert Clark said the analysis showed Kelly's remains were transferred from the Old Melbourne Gaol, where Kelly was hanged, to Pentridge Prison in 1929, then exhumed again in 2009.

"To think a group of scientists could identify the body of a man who was executed more than 130 years ago, moved and buried in a haphazard fashion among 33 other prisoners, most of whom are not identified, is amazing," Mr. Clark said.

Ned Kelly's family will be consulted to determine a resting place for the remains.


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