Seventeen souls: the battle to repatriate our old people from overseas institutions

Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Greg Brown
Leah Cameron

Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples see the repatriation of their old people of utmost importance and necessary path to healing the living and the land.

While there has been an increasing trickle of repatriations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander human remains by overseas institutions, many powerful institutions continue to resist any returns.

Father and daughter discusses almost 35 years of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people’s campaign to repatriate ancestral remains. It discusses the legal veil that overseas institutions hide behind and the successful path taken from the Supreme Court of Tasmania to the British High Court lead by the formidable Geoffrey Robertson QC.