chapter  18
13 Pages

Yagan

ByCressida Fforde

On 31 August 1997, the skull of Yagan, a young Aboriginal man killed by white settlers in 1833, was traced to an English cemetery, and repatriated to Australia.The story of Yagan’s death and the circumstances relating to how his preserved head was taken to Britain in the nineteenth century, and his skull returned to Australia over 160 years later, illustrates many of the common themes, histories, complexities and challenges which surround the repatriation issue.