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Ned Kelly's death mask. When the condemed man had been hanged a mould was taken of his face, and a plaster mask taken from it. The result is a death mask, evidence that the bugger really was dead. I wonder if the hangman had trouble getting the noose over that snout...

There's loads of these death masks in the old Melbourne Gaol. In some cases an eyelash will have come away on the mould and transfered itself into the plaster. Lovely.

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