Ned Kelly was farewelled by his relatives on Friday the 18th of January, with a requiem mass, more than 130 years after his execution. He was hanged in 1880 after a shootout with police in Glenrowan. His last wish was to be buried in consecrated ground.
The 8th Victorian State Family History Conference; “Under the Southern Cross: A Goldfields Experience”, will also highlight the Kelly Family.
Noelene Allen will talk about her first book: “The Trials, Tragedies & Triumphs: Kelly Women”. She was the Coordinator of the Beechworth Historic & Cultural Precinct until her retirement in 2009, conducting tours focusing on Ellen Kelly and the women of the Kelly family.
Leigh Olver, is a proven descendant of Ellen Kelly, Ned Kelly’s mother. His session topic: Discovering Ned Kelly: Using DNA to trace an ancestor resulting in family reconnections.
The 2 day Victorian State Family History Conference; “Under the Southern Cross: A Goldfields Experience”, on the 4th & 5th of May, has many well known speakers who will share their knowledge about the “hidden” aspects of the regions history. The conference sessions will include: Discovering Ned Kelly via DNA, TROVE & Victorian Collections, Ellen Kelly – a woman of spirit, Irish & Cornish on the Goldfields, Victorian Inquest Records, Unrest on the Goldfields – Eureka & Mining Licenses, Multicultural families, Hidden histories – Insane Asylums, Wild Victorian women and more.