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‘We can all feel proud of the great collective achievement in reuniting these historical and special objects with its people and Ngurra [Country].’

Michael Woodley, CEO Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation.

Yindjibarndi return

Number of objects Return destination Institution Dates

8 items

Roebourne, West Pilbara, WA Private collector, UK

Request submitted: 
Not needed

Return celebration:
5 October 2020

The four wooden spear heads collected by Mr Schelling circa 1911-1913. Photo: Christine and Iain Tremain.

Yindjibarndi representatives with some of the returned items. Photo: Ngaarda Media.

This return successfully demonstrates the strong desire of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to have their material returned and a willingness not only from overseas collecting institutions but also private collectors and holders to support this process. 

'The Yindjibarndi Nation acknowledges AIATSIS for managing the entire process for the artefacts to arrive safely back to the Pilbara. We also thank the collector’s family for their support, care and safekeeping of these Yindjibarndi treasures for the past 105 years.’  

Michael Woodley, CEO Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation.

Yindjibarndi representatives with the repatriated items. Photo: Ngaarda Media.

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Last updated: 13 December 2023