Three Australian Indigenous ancestral remains have been returned from three institutions in Germany at an official handover ceremony in Berlin.

24 March 2017

The Senckenberg Research Institute returned one ancestor to community representatives from New South Wales, and one ancestor was returned to his direct descendants from far North Queensland by the Berlin Society for Anthropology Ethnology and Prehistory.

The delegation also accompanied an unnamed ancestor back to Australia, so that further provenance research can be undertaken to identify the community of origin.

For more than 25 years, the Australian Government’s Indigenous Repatriation Program has supported the unconditional return of Australian Indigenous ancestral remains from overseas and private collections.

Over 1400 ancestral remains have been returned to Australia from the United Kingdom, United States of America, Sweden, Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic and Ireland, including 51 ancestors returned from Germany.

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