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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 9 April, 2003, 10:28 GMT 11:28 UK
Aborigine remains arrive home
The remains of 60 Australian Aborigines have been returned home, a century after they had been taken to Britain for scientific study.

Speaking at a ceremony at the national museum in Canberra, the Australian minister for indigenous affairs, Phillip Ruddock, described the return of the remains as an acknowledgement of past injustice and recognition of the legacy of hurt endured by indigenous communities.

The 60 skeletons are a tiny fraction of thousands of Aboriginal remains thought to be held in museums and other institutions abroad.

The returned bodies will be kept at the national museum until they are identified for final burial in their ancestral lands.

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