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Ned Kelly gets burial wish – 133 years later

Jonathan Pearlman Sydney

Published 17/01/2013 | 05:00

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

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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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