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Sweden to return Indigenous remains

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 27 September 2004

Aboriginal elders from Western Australia, Queensland, NSW and Victoria will leave for Sweden today to collect ancestral remains removed a century ago.

The skeleton parts were removed by Swedish anthropologist Eric Mjoberg in 1910 and have been in storage at the country's museums.

It was not until a book was published by leading anthropologist Dr Claes Hellgern that the story was exposed.

Dr Hellgern says he is pleased that his writing has helped to right the wrongs of the past.

"Usually when you write a book, nothing much comes out of it," he said.

"I mean you're glad the book [is] finished, but it's very seldom that it gets this kind of result.

"The reaction, well there was a lot about it here in Swedish newspapers and radio and TV actually. People have become a lot more aware of the situation of Aboriginals around the world.

"That this is very important for the Aboriginals and also for us I believe, I mean we have to redress things."

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