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NED KELLY'S GRAVE.

DISCOVERY IN OLD GAOL. SCHOOLBOYS SEIZE BONES.

Extraordinary scenes were witnessed in the yard of the old Melbourne gaol yesterday   when a crowd of boys from the     neighbouring Working Men's College     scrambled with workmen for portions of a skeleton supposed to be that of the     notorious bushranger Ned Kelly, who was   hanged and buried in the gaol on November  

11, 1880.

The portion of the old gaol now being demolished includes the bluestone wall on   the north side. Excavations are being made    

with a view to taking out the wall and       otherwise preparing the ground for the      

erection of an engineering school for the         Working Men's College. Some time ago it was rumoured that the grave of Kelly would be found in this section, and a number of the pupils of the college manifested a morbid       interest in the work.      

When the steam shovel was lifting earth and   stones last week Mr. H. Lee, of Lee and Dunn, the contractors for the building, had his attention directed to the name "E. Kelly"

carved in a stone in the wall, together with the imprint of a broad arrow. The excavation   work was continued with the steam shovel, and the workmen kept a lookout for the coffin. At a depth of 5 ft. or 6ft. beneath the original gaol yard the coffin was unearthed at noon    

yesterday. The edge of the shovel ripped off  

the lid of the coffin, which was made of  

redgum, and a skeleton was revealed.        

As soon as this gruesome discovery was made

a crowd of boys who had been standing around expectantly, while eating their luncheons,                

rushed forward and seized the bones. The  

workmen intervened, but in the scramble,  

portions of the skeleton were carried off,   including even the teeth. The grave and coffin   were still powdered with quicklime. After   nearly 50 years, the skeleton remained intact  

when it was unearthed.          

Mr. Lee intends to hand the skull to the police

for the medical school at the University.     As it was found that the crowd was increasing, it was decided to close the works for the day.   Another coffin was seen protruding throught       the broken earth near the same post. Arrangements have been made for the   disinterment of this and such others as may be discovered, with due respect for decency.     Ned Kelly and his gang, including his brother Dan and Joe Byrne and Steve Hart,

after committing many crimes, including     the "hold up" of the bank at Euroa, were brought to bay at the hotel at Glenrowan. Wearing a metal head covering and an iron   breastplate as a protection against bullets,       Ned Kelly emerged from the hotel into the bush, and he was shot in the legs. He was brought to Melbourne, where he was tried and executed. His three companions were       shot in the hotel.                                      

   

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