Bring me Ned’s head
A NATIONAL campaign has been launched to find Ned Kelly’s long-lost skull and bring it back to Victoria.
Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of the skull of Australia’s most famous bushranger.
Some say it was stolen from the Old Melbourne Gaol, where a skull engraved with the initials EK was displayed until 1978.
A WA man believes he has the skull and wants to give it a proper burial.
Others believe the true skull went missing soon after Kelly was executed on November 11, 1880, for crimes including murder and has not been seen since.
Now a group of historians, authors and Kelly buffs has called for a nationwide hunt for the unique piece of Australian history.
They want to find the real skull and prove beyond doubt it is genuine.
Kelly researcher Bill Denheld said the search had merit.
‘‘There is a huge chance that Ned’s skull is still out there,’’ he said.
‘‘Nobody should just have the bloody thing dug in the ground. It should be part of the natural heritage.’’
Perth author Lea Scott launched the campaign recently after writing a book based on the Kelly skull.
The mission to find it gathered pace last weekend at a Ned Kelly festival held in Beechworth, the town where he was tried for the murder of three policeman.
With next year marking the 130th anniversary of Kelly’s hanging, Ms Scott said it was time to finally solve the mystery.
‘‘I make a plea to all Australians to band together in an attempt to find Ned Kelly’s skull,’’ she said.
Excitement about the possible recovery of t he s kull has been heightened by the discovery of a mass grave at the Old Melbourne Gaol last year, believed to contain Kelly’s bones.
The Sunday Herald Sun understands the remains, which are under the care of the Victorian institute of Forensic Medicine at Southbank, were found without a skull.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kelly’s skull can phone (03) 9292 2963 or email email@example.com.