Outlaw Ned Kelly Is Given A Funeral, 132 Years After His Death

Category: World / Jan 18, 2013 9:21AM EDT
The remains of Australia’s most famous outlaw, Ned Kelly, were finally laid to rest on Friday (January 18), 132 years after he was hanged for murder. Around 200 of Kelly's descendants, who received the bushranger's remains after they were exhumed from a mass prison grave, gathered at St Patrick’s Church in, north-east Victoria for the funeral ceremony. "Have treasured the man and everything he'd done for most of my life, so yeah, it's a hell of a thing to be here today," "I feel quite happy now. I was very stressed before. It's a very emotional time for everyone," "To us, he's a beloved family member. If you remove his armour, there's a person there," Kelly's descendants said the service was held in private, in keeping with the outlaw's requests. His family, the Kelly Gang, became a symbol for social tensions between poor Irish settlers and the wealthy establishment at the time, and Kelly himself became a folk hero to many for standing up to the Anglo-Australian ruling class. Kelly's skull remains missing. It was believed to have been separated from his skeleton during the transfer.