Anniversary service to spotlight Ned's neglected gravesite
Today marks the 125th anniversary of the execution of Ned Kelly at the Old Melbourne Gaol, and former prison chaplain Fr Peter Norden has organised a commemorative service that is taking place at 9:00 am this morning in the Old Melbourne Gaol.
As the clock stuck 10 o'clock on November 11, 1880, the life of a man who was to become one of Australia's most important historical figures ended on the infamous gallows at Melbourne Gaol.
At the same time today, descendents of the members of the Kelly Gang will gather with historian Ian Jones, Singer Paul Kelly and National Trust representatives in the memorial service.
While much attention is given by the National Trust to the history of the trial and execution of Ned Kelly, the same attention has not been given to his gravesite, at the former Pentridge Prison grounds in Coburg, according to Fr Norden.
"It is time for the Victorian Government authorities and the City of Moreland officials to act," he suggested.
"They need to ensure that the commercial property developers of the former Pentridge Prison site fulfill one of the conditions of sale and build a memorial recognizing the burial ground of those executed at Pentridge and those executed at the Melbourne Gaol, whose remains were moved to that site back in 1929", said Fr Norden.
"Such an important historical site (at the east end of the former D-division) remains neglected and in ruins, and it is a disgrace" exclaimed the former prison chaplain.
After 125 years, Ned Kelly's gravesite remains unrecognized and neglected (Fr PEter Norden 10/11/05)
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National Trust of Australia (Victoria) - 125th Anniversary of Ned Kelly's Execution
11 Nov 2005