said to contain remains of Dan Kelly
27 September 2001
Scientists have taken a DNA sample from a grave in
Toowoomba, west of Brisbane, believing it contains
the remains of Ned Kelly's brother, Dan. Archaeological
consultant Tim Anson, of Adelaide, took a sliver of
bone from the grave of Charles Devine Tindall, believed
by his family to have been Dan Kelly, one of the infamous
Kelly gang. Mr Tindall died in July 1953 but there
is no official record of his birth, his parents or
His grand-daughter, Maureen Tyler, said today the
family had long believed he was Dan Kelly, Ned's younger
brother, thought to have died during a dramatic police
siege at Victoria's Glenrowan Hotel in 1880. The hotel
was burnt to the ground during a gunbattle with police
which left Ned Kelly badly wounded. Ned was later tried
His brother Dan and Steve Hart, another member of
the legendary gang of bushrangers, supposedly died
in the fire but some believed they may have escaped.
Mrs Tyler said Charles Tindall had told his son, Stan,
he was Dan Kelly. "I was told by my father that
Pop escaped the fire and survived. He came up to Queensland," she
"We went researching and thought we'd better
disprove that Pop was Charles Devine Tindall for a
start ... so we went looking for records to find his
heritage. "It stopped right there. We could not
find his birth, we could not find parents, siblings,
anything of him existing anywhere other than when he
married Gran. That was it."
Three different death certificates list his age as
99, 96 and 92 and Toowoomba Cemetery records indicate
he was 85 when he died.
"We really don't know what age he was," Mrs
Tyler told AAP.
She said her grandfather had told his son he hid underneath
the Glenrowan Hotel "in the ground" during
the siege and historians have since found a one-metre
square cellar, under the kitchen area, during a search
of the site. "He either had to have been Dan Kelly
and hid down there or he had to have been someone very
closely associated to know that there was a cellar
there," Mrs Tyler said.
She said her grandfather also had burn scars down
one side of his body, indicating he could have been
injured in the Glenrowan fire. The family believes
he changed his name and moved to Queensland where he
met and married a widow, Wilhelmina, who ran a dairy
farm at Oakey, near Toowoomba. They wed in 1923 and
had four children.
Mr Anson and Gary Dean, who runs a Ned Kelly Museum
in Glenrowan, travelled to Coonabarabran in NSW today
to take DNA from another grave, believed to contain
Mr Hart. Mrs Tyler said it may be several months before
the results were known.