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Posted 19 January 2013 - 03:37 PM


A bushranger remembered
By HOWARD JONES Jan. 19, 2013, 8:46 a.m.

A service at St Patrick's Church in Wangaratta is held for Ned Kelly after he was hanged in 1880.
Source: The Border Mail

WHY bother to hold a funeral for Ned Kelly?

That was the burning question Monsignor John White tried to answer for 450 people at the bushranger’s Requiem Mass.

In short, he explained, it was God alone who would finally judge men, not us mere mortals.

At least half the mourners had flocked to St Patrick’s Church at Wang­aratta because they are proud descendants of Kelly’s siblings.

The rest were a mix of Kelly fans, local parishioners and people who came just out of plain curiosity and a rare sense of occasion — a moment in Australian history that was 132 years in the making.

See photos from the service here

The Mass lasted barely an hour and inside the L-shaped church was almost as hot as the outside temperature of 39.5 degrees.

Soft music played as Kelly family members filled into the old nave, a structure that young Kelly himself saw taking shape in 1869 and where he may have possibly worshipped at times.

Non-family folk were directed to a modern church wing, which happens to display an large marble plaque bearing the Ten Commandments, including a couple that Kelly broke more than once.

As the organist played If you ever go across the sea to Ireland, a man in a green Irish cap strolled in, and a few like Jason McCormack wore Ned Kelly T-shirts.

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