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Aboriginal remains returned to community

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 20 August 2004


Aboriginal remains which have been held by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery for 95 years have today been returned to a north-west Victorian Indigenous community.

The museum obtained the remains in 1909 but they were only identified as a man and a woman.

Two years ago the museum employed a researcher to identify Aboriginal remains.

Museum director Bill Bleathman says it was difficult to pinpoint the community where the remains came from.

"The sum total of information we had was Swan Hill community, Swan Hill Australia," he said.

"From that perspective we had to then determine that the Aboriginal community groups within Swan Hill were OK to receive them as a group because there are two distinct tribal groups within the Swan Hill area."


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