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cory777 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-10 01:04 AM
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Aboriginal warrior killed in 1833 reburied in Australia after skull returned from England
Source: AP

PERTH, Australia (AP) The remains of 19th-century Aboriginal warrior Yagan have been laid to rest in western Australia, nearly 180 years after he was killed and his severed head was displayed in a British museum.

The private ceremony held Saturday by the Noongar tribe coincided with the opening of the Yagan Memorial Park in Swan Valley, just outside of Perth.

"The Yagan Memorial Park is a fitting tribute to the life, struggles and death of Yagan and to the memory of all Aboriginal people who suffered and died in support of their land, culture and heritage," West Australian Premier Colin Barnett said in a statement.

Yagan was shot by a European settler in 1833. His body was believed to be buried in Swan Valley but his head was taken to England, where it sat in a museum for a century before being buried in an English cemetery.


Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-...
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-10 01:12 AM
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1. K&R. Fascinating (though pretty graphic) story... n/t
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-10 06:35 AM
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2. The English have a long tradiition of "Heads on Pikes"


In 1661, Oliver Cromwell's body was exhumed from Westminster Abbey, and was subjected to the ritual of a posthumous execution, as were the remains of John Bradshaw and Henry Ireton. (The body of Cromwell's daughter was allowed to remain buried in the Abbey.) Symbolically, this took place on 30 January; the same date that Charles I had been executed. His body was hanged in chains at Tyburn. Finally, his disinterred body was thrown into a pit, while his severed head was displayed on a pole outside Westminster Hall until 1685.
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classysassy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 02:00 AM
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3. " Where ever the european trod"
the original people will suffer.A very wise man said that a long time ago and its still true today.
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