MEDIA RELEASE - Aboriginal ancestral remains return home from the UK
9 November 2015
the Australian Government welcomes the return of Aboriginal ancestral remains
from the United Kingdom to the Dunghutti community of New South Wales.
On 2 November, the ancestor was officially accepted by Mr Kenneth Dickson,
an Elder of the Dunghutti community in a ceremony at the Great Hall and Queen
Eleanor’s Garden in Hampshire.
ancestor will be transferred to the Australian Museum at the request of the
community, where they will be cared for in trust until the community is able to
rebury them in country.
believed the remains were removed from Australia during the 1960s and taken to
the United Kingdom. The remains were donated to the Hampshire Cultural Trust in
the 1980s by a research biologist and local resident.
decision by Hampshire Culture Trust and Hampshire County Council to return the
ancestral remains to the rightful custodians shows great interest and respect
for Indigenous Australian culture. I thank them for their initiative and
reverence during the repatriation process.
over 1,000 Indigenous Australian ancestral remains have been returned from the
United Kingdom to Traditional Custodians with the support of the Australian
Government’s Indigenous Repatriation Program.
Through the Indigenous Repatriation Program, the
Australian Government is committed to assisting Indigenous communities in
pursuing the unconditional return of ancestral remains held in overseas
collections and within Australia.
contact: Justine Sywak | 0448 448 487 | Justine.Sywak@communications.gov.au