• Burials at the former Pentridge Prison, Coburg, March 2009 © Heritage Victoria

    Burials at the former Pentridge Prison, Coburg, March 2009 © Heritage Victoria

  • Saturday talk: Presumed Ned

    the discovery of the lost Pentridge burials

    Saturday 24 May 2014, 2.00- 3.00pm
    Jeremy Smith

    In January 2013, Ned Kelly’s remains were finally laid to rest beside his mother, 133 years after his death. It has taken a decade of archaeological, historical and forensic sleuthing to uncover the convoluted story of Kelly’s remains, and those of Victoria's other executed prisoners.

    In 1929, the burials of approximately 40 individuals (including Ned Kelly) were exhumed from the Old Melbourne Gaol, and re-buried in mass graves at Pentridge. Unfortunately, the exhumation work was carried out in chaotic fashion and the location of the reburials at Pentridge was poorly recorded. Jeremy's presentation explains how Heritage Victoria and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine managed to solve the historical puzzle.

    Jeremy Smith graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Masters degree in Archaeology in 1995. He worked for four seasons on the University's expedition to the Iron Age site of Tell Ahmar, in northern Syria. He was appointed Senior Archaeologist at Heritage Victoria in 2002.

    In recent years he has become something of an expert on the archaeology of the Kelly Gang, having worked on projects at the Old Melbourne Gaol, Pentridge Prison, Glenrowan and Stringybark Creek.

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