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Museum of Archeology and Anthropology and Trinity College, Cambridge:

RETURN THE GWEAGAL SPEARS

This campaign has been set up by Rodney Kelly, a descendant of the Yuin people and the Gweagal people. He is the sixth time great-grandson of the warrior Cooman who stood on the beach when Cook landed in Botany Bay on April 29, 1770. Two warriors watched as a boat full of strange men approached their shores. Bravely holding their ground and defending their lands, the two warriors were shot by Lt. Cook from his landing boat.

Those men were from the clan of the Gweagal (Fire) People. The Gweagal are the original Native inhabitants of Sydney’s Botany Bay Region. The Gweagal People are still alive today and have passed on the oral history of Cook’s first landing in their traditional style.

Many artefacts were taken by Cook that day including the Gweagal Shield, which belonged to Cooman. The shield is widely considered to be one of Australia’s most important historical artefacts, and has been exhibited in the UK for over 200 years. Rodney has launched a campaign to demand the repatriation of the shield from the British Museum, with the full support of the NSW Parliament.

Rodney Kelly is a modern day warrior of the Gweagal clan. He is also the matrilineal grandson of Guboo Ted Thomas, an elder of the Yuin people and leading land rights activist of the 1970s

Previous petitions here: 1 , 2 and 3

Contribute to funding Rodney’s next visit to Cambridge here: https://www.gofundme.com/gweagal

Join the campaign!

Contact the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology,
and Trinity College, University of Cambridge
DEMAND THE RETURN OF STOLEN PROPERTY
BEGIN HEALING AND REPARATIONS AFTER ATTEMPTED GENOCIDE, THEFT, LAND ALIENATION

 The MAA: Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge houses the University’s collections of local antiquities, together with archaeological and ethnographic artefacts from around the world. Wikipedia
Address: Downing St, Cambridge CB2 3DZ
 Trinity College, Cambridge 
Trinity College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge in England. With around 600 undergraduates, 300 graduates, and over 180 fellows, it is the largest college in either of the Oxbridge universities by number of undergraduates. Wikipedia
Address: Cambridge CB2 1TQ
Master: Sir Gregory Winter

About

Campaign to return the Gweagal spears to their rightful owners – the Gweagal clan of the area now known as Botany Bay

The campaign is lead by Rodney Kelley with the support of local people in Cambridge. Our first demonstration at the MAA was in June 2017 (see video below)

Rodney is a descendant of the Yuin people and the Gweagal people. He is the sixth time great-grandson of the warrior Cooman who stood on the beach when Cook landed in Botany Bay on April 29, 1770.  The Gweagal are the original Native inhabitants of Sydney’s Botany Bay Region. The Gweagal People are still alive today and have passed on the oral history of Cook’s first landing in their traditional style.

Many artefacts were taken by Cook that day including the Gweagal Shield, which has been in the UK for over 200 years. Rodney has launched a campaign to demand the repatriation of the shield from the British Museum, with the full support of the NSW Parliament. The spears at the MMA were also taken that day and their repatriation is also part of the campaign.

Press coverage

18 Nov 2016
History re-told through the Gweagal shield | Varsity
www.varsity.co.uk/culture/11380

June 17, 2017
Cambridge University refuses to return Aboriginal artifacts to Australia …
uk.reuters.com/article/uk-australia-aborigines-idUKKBN1980AA

16 Jun 2017
Aboriginal man demands Cambridge University return his ancestor’s spears
http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/cambridge-university-aboriginal-gweagal-spears-13195805

18 June 2017
Cambridge University Is Refusing To Return Aboriginal Artefacts Taken By Captain Cook
http://junkee.com/cambridge-aboriginal-artefacts/108799

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Next steps

We are planning the next stage in the campaign for October 2017 when term staarts at the university. Rodney will be back in Cambridge to give lectures and hold talks. You can contribute to the travel fund here: https://www.gofundme.com/gweagal Contact us if you would like to host a talk at your school, college or university …

University first response – May 2017

Here is a copy of the letter from the University in response to Rodney’s request. FINAL Report of Sub-Committee on Repatriation of Artefacts_230517   Please send us your comments so we can collate a response. We will be writing to the University and will publish our letter here. Stay tuned!

Contact

Contact us:

gweagal at antisystemic.org