The Australian Government has supported the return of over 1470 Australian Indigenous ancestors from overseas institutions and private collectors for over 25 years.

Three Aboriginal ancestors return from Germany

March 2017 – Germany

The Australian Embassy in Berlin held a repatriation ceremony to return three Australian Indigenous ancestors from three German collecting institutions. Far north Queensland ancestor King Ng:tja, Barry Clarke, was returned to his direct descendants of the Ngadjon-Jii community, from the Berlin Society of Anthropology, Ethnology and Prehistory. The Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum in Frankfurt returned an unnamed ancestor to traditional custodians from the Clarence River region of New South Wales. A unnamed Queensland ancestor was also returned from the Charité Medical University in Berlin. The Queensland Museum is undertaking provenance research on this ancestor to determine their community of origin.

Media Release – Repatriation of Australian Indigenous remains from Germany

Factsheet – Indigenous Repatriation Program – International

FAQs - Indigenous Repatriation Program – International Frequently Asked Questions