University returns Aboriginal remains to Australia

Sweden's Lund University on Tuesday returned to Australia the remains of two Aborigines that had been in its possession since the end of the 19th century, the university said.

“It was important for the university to hand over the remains for dignified conservation,” Lund principal Göran Bexell said at a ceremony during which the two skulls were presented to Australia’s ambassador to Sweden, Howard Brown, according to a statement from the university.

A representative of Lund University’s anatomy institute bought the two skulls in London at the end of the 19th century for one pound, and they have remained in the school’s possession since then.

They were to be sent to the National Museum of Australia, where they will be examined to determine which family or community they come from.

Since 2004, Swedish museums have returned the remains of 32 Aborigines.