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    Ned Kelly : Remains returned to family

    Aussie outlaw Ned Kelly’s remains returned to family
    Aug 02, 2012

    SYDNEY (AP) — The skeleton of Australia’s most notorious criminal will finally be returned to his family — 132 years after he was executed.

    Victoria state government officials said Thursday that Ned Kelly’s remains will be given to the outlaw’s descendants.

    Kelly led a gang of bank robbers in Victoria in the 19th century and was hanged in 1880.

    The whereabouts of his corpse was unknown for decades.

    Last year, forensic scientists identified his skeleton after it was found in a mass grave on the site of a now-closed prison.

    Kelly’s descendants wanted the remains returned to them so they could give Kelly a proper burial.

    Ellen Hollow, great-granddaughter of Kelly’s sister Kate Kelly, says the family is pleased with the government’s decision.

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    Ned Kelly the day before his execution

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    Ned Kelly buried, but legend lives on
    Friday, January 18, 2013


    The fascination with Australia's most famous outlaw continues, as he is laid to rest by his family.

    The fascination with Australia's most famous outlaw won't end when his descendants finally bring him home.

    Ned Kelly - anti-establishment hero or cold-blooded criminal - was hanged aged 25 after a run of exploits that have become an entrenched part of the nation's story.

    But many details of his life are sketchy, unsubstantiated or at odds with the often patchy official reports of the time.

    Kelly's exact birth year, for instance - 1854 or 1855 - is unclear, and even his oft-quoted last words - "Such is life" - are uncertain. By some accounts, his final utterance was the less poetic "Ah well, I suppose it has come to this."

    Born in Victoria to an Irish convict father (Red Kelly, who died when Ned was 10), the young Ned's first known brush with the police came at age 14, when he was charged with assault and robbery but not convicted.

    At 16, a clash with a police officer over a stolen horse saw him jailed for three years with hard labour.

    The legend of Ned Kelly the bushranger was forged in his last two years, before his execution at the Melbourne Gaol in 1890 for shooting dead three policemen while on the run.

    After the police killings, Kelly and his gang went on to commit a series of brazen bank robberies and made their last stand against police at Glenrowan, where Kelly donned the home-made metal armour that is now a powerful symbol in Australian art.

    The romance of the Kelly legend also rests in part on a 7000-word manifesto explaining his behaviour and decrying the treatment of his family and other Irish Catholics by the police and English and Irish Protestants - the so-called Jerilderie letter.

    But for Anthony Griffiths, great-grandson of Kelly's sister Grace, laying his ancestor to rest is about "Edward", the man, not Ned, the bushranger.

    "It's not about glorifying anything he did or didn't do. It's simply about a family funeral," Mr Griffiths told AAP.

    "It does give a real sense of closure to a lot of family members."

    Former Pentridge Prison chaplain Professor Peter Norden, who is close to the Kelly family, tells in a written eulogy of how Ned, aged 10, rescued seven-year-old Dick Shelton from a swollen creek and the boy's parents presented Kelly with a lavish silk sash to show their gratitude.

    The deed speaks volumes about the nature of the man Ned Kelly was, Prof Norden says.

    Joanne Griffiths, Kelly's great grand-niece, says while she's proud of her heritage, the aura of the Kelly name is sometimes difficult for the family as people can be quick to make ill-informed, unfeeling judgments.

    Many family members tend to keep their ancestry quiet and don't share with outsiders some of the stories about Ned passed down through the generations.

    "We're well aware that quite often if you stick your head out, it gets taken off, so we'd rather keep these things to ourselves," Ms Griffiths said.

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    An Irishman who was persecuted by the English run police force to the point of committing illegal activities to survive is a pretty accurate description of the man.

    And when Mick Jagger played him in that movie I vomited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    And when Mick Jagger played him in that movie I vomited.
    I was sceptical at first however after watching the movie I was happily convinced .

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    Jeraldine and Glenrowan are quite nice bits of vic to travel through, though a bit touristy in places.
    Strangely, Pentridge is now a housing estate, a mooban with the biggest fuck off walls you've ever seen.

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    My grandmother was held up by the second most famous Australian bushranger named Thunderbolt on the NSW/ Queensland boarder.

    Word is that she tried to drive a cattle train over the top of him and he pissed off.

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    WTF would you want a 130 year old skeleton back?

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    saw a good ned kelly mail box in Australia






    I can see why thunderbolt only ranks as 2nd most famous bushranger ;
    he could have put a bit more effort into growing his beard


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    Same hair cut as a lot of young men have nowadays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    An Irishman who was persecuted by the English run police force to the point of committing illegal activities to survive is a pretty accurate description of the man.

    And when Mick Jagger played him in that movie I vomited.
    I believe there was a better film version years later, portrayed by the American actor, Dennis Hopper with a largely Aussie cast.

    Much better quality [all-around] than that Jaggar feature.

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    ^ The Dennis Hopper film was not Ned, but another Bush Ranger.

    Mad Dog Morgan (1976)

    There is a newer Kelly movie starring Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom.

    Ned Kelly (2003)

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    Must be a Hero as all us Micks are. All the kelly's I remember were bloody crooks!!

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