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Talking Point: Heritage value to retaining Trucaniniís name in Relics Act change


Lee, E, Talking Point: Heritage value to retaining Trucanini's name in Relics Act change, The Mercury, Newscorp Australia, Hobart, Tasmania, 30 December 2016 (2016) [Newspaper Article]

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IT is hard to believe, but it is only 40 years ago this year that Trucaniniís dignified end came when her remains, long displayed and then "stored" by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, were cremated and scattered at sea in a closed Aboriginal ceremony.

Trucaniniís traumatising life and final death covered a time span from the seeds of Tasmanian colonisation to the Whitlam-era government. Yet, and deservedly so, she is still both a whisper and a roar to remind us that the past is not another country, but a real place that we inhabit and experience now. In the same year of 1976, the Aboriginal Relics Act 1975 was assented to in Parliament and enacted.

While I understand that the times are always aíchanging, there is something traumatising that the introduction of the Relics Act preceded Trucaniniís cremation only by a few months. The Relics Act uses Trucaniniís death in 1876 as the "cut-off" point for the things and objects that can be considered Aboriginal cultural heritage for protection.

Item Details

Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:Tasmanian Aboriginal, world heritage area
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Heritage, archive and museum studies
Research Field:Heritage and cultural conservation
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture
Objective Field:Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture
UTAS Author:Lee, E (Dr Emma Lee)
ID Code:113903
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2017-01-26
Last Modified:2017-04-11

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