Ned Kelly laid to rest
A CHAPTER has finally closed in the story of Australia's most famous bushranger with Ned Kelly's burial near Glenrowan in Victoria's northeast.
Kelly's descendants buried his remains at a cemetery in Greta. They gathered in a marquee where they interred the coffin near the unmarked grave of Kelly's mother Ellen.
Kelly's brother Dan and fellow Kelly gang member Steve Hart are also buried in the Greta cemetery.
Joanne Griffiths, a descendent of Ned Kelly, said it was a huge relief to finally complete the burial.
“The day's not about judgement it's about burying a family member,” she said.
A light green hearse carried the coffin to the cemetery's gates where hundreds of people were waiting for the service to begin.
The hot, dry gravel crunched underfoot as the crowd of family and Ned Kelly buffs walked to the gravesite.
The family asked that the public move away so they could complete the service in private.
A piece of Kelly's skull was buried with his remains that were surrounded by concrete to prevent looting.
Kelly's skull is yet to be found. “He had a price on his head even in death,” Ms Griffiths said.
The burial followed a Requiem Mass held at St Patrick's Catholic Church in Wangaratta on Friday.