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Ned Kelly gets burial wish – 133 years later

Jonathan Pearlman Sydney

Published 17/01/2013 | 05:00

THE remains of Australia's most notorious bushranger, Ned Kelly (pictured), will be laid to rest beside his mother, 133 years after he died.

The funeral will deliver the outlaw his final wish – to receive a proper burial. He will be buried in an unmarked grave to prevent it becoming a tourist attraction.

Kelly, who became a symbol of defiance against the landed gentry, was hanged and decapitated in November 1880 after a shoot-out with police.

His headless, bullet-ridden remains were exhumed from a mass grave in 2009 and identified the following year via DNA testing.

The remains will be buried on Sunday at a private service for Kelly's family.

A public service will be conducted in the town of Wangaratta, about 140 miles north-west of Melbourne. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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