Remains of the first known Australian handed back to traditional owners in sombre ceremony in Canberra

After more than four decades in the custodianship of the Australian National University and later the National Museum of Australia, the remains of the first known Australian, Mungo Man, have begun their repatriation to where they were discovered on Lake Mungo back in 1974.

About 80 traditional owners, department heads from the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, and museum officials gathered in the baking sun of an industrial complex car park in the Canberra suburb of Mitchell on Wednesday for the handover.

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