The ancestral remains have been returned to Australia from the Natural History Museum in London, United Kingdom.

27 March 2019

The ancestral remains of one of the old people was received by two Narungga community representatives from South Australia, Mr Douglas Milera and Professor Peter Buckskin. 

On return to Australia, this Narungga Nations old person will be temporarily cared for at the South Australian Museum until the community is ready to conduct a reburial ceremony on Country.

Eight ancestral remains will be temporarily cared for by the South Australian Museum, and 29 will transfer to the temporary care of the National Museum of Australia until community consultation processes are finalised and the Ngarrindjeri, Far West Coast, Kaurna and Flinders Ranges communities are ready to return the old people to Country.

For more than 150 years Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestral remains and secret sacred objects were removed from their communities for various reasons and placed in museums, universities and private collections in Australia and overseas. 

The Indigenous Repatriation Program has facilitated the return of more than 1480 ancestral remains to Australia.

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