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Kelly descendant relieved mystery solved

Mariza O'Keefe

A descendant whose DNA has now positively identified Ned Kelly's remains says he hopes Australia's most notorious bushranger will have a dignified final resting place.

Melbourne school teacher Leigh Olver, who is the great grandson of Kelly's sister Ellen, provided a DNA sample to scientists who used it to identify the outlaw's remains.

"It's such a great relief to finally have this side of the story resolved," he said at Thursday's announcement at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine.

"Personally, a place of dignity, a place very appropriate. Where that is will be determined later," Mr Olver said.

Kelly was hanged for murder in 1880. His remains were identified among those transferred from the Old Melbourne Gaol to Pentridge Prison in 1929 and then exhumed again in 2009.

The 20-month investigation was led by doctors and scientists at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VISM).

Professor Stephen Cordner, director of the VISM, said its investigation concluded there was no doubt that the remains they had identified were those of Ned Kelly.

Full story: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/kelly-descendant-relieved-mystery-solved-20110901-1jmqf.html

-- mh.com.au 2011-09-01

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