2 Aug 2012

Private burial for remains of bushranger

1:49 pm on 2 August 2012

The descendants of Victorian bushranger Ned Kelly will bury his remains in private, now that a property developer has to give them up.

The state government has issued a new exhumation licence, which means the developer of the Pentridge Prison site in Melbourne will not be able to use Kelly's remains for a museum or memorial.

Kelly was hanged in November 1880 after a shootout between his gang and police at the Glenrowan Inn.

His body, missing most of the skull, was put into a wooden axe box and thrown into a mass grave with the corpses of other prisoners.

The bodies were transferred from the Old Melbourne Jail to Pentridge Prison in 1929.