Ngarrindjeri and 44 other Indigenous Australian ancestors repatriated to Australia

Repatriation: Major Sumner at the handover ceremony in the Grassi Museum in Leipzig. Photo: Department of Communications and the Arts.

Repatriation: Major Sumner at the handover ceremony in the Grassi Museum in Leipzig. Photo: Department of Communications and the Arts.

The remains of 45 Indigenous Australians, including one Ngarrindjeri person, have been returned to Australia from Germany's State Ethnographic Collections.

Five community representatives, including Ngarrindjeri elder Major Sumner, were present at a handover ceremony at the Grassi Museum in Leipzig on Thursday, November 28.

The repatriation is a result of ongoing collaboration between numerous parties including the Australian and German governments.

This repatriation marks the second repatriation in 2019 between Australian and Germany with 150 Indigenous Australian ancestors having now been repatriated.

Three of the repatriated ancestors will remain under the stewardship of the Australian government and placed into temporary care while further research is undertaken to determine their community of origin.