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All through his growing-up years, John Danalis's family had an Aboriginal skull on the mantelpiece; yet only as an adult after enrolling in an Indigenous Writing course did he ask his family where it came from and whether it should be restored to its rightful owners. This is the compelling story of how the skull of an Aboriginal man, found on the banks of the Murray River more than 40 years ago, came to be returned to his Wamba Wamba descendants. It is a story of awakening, atonement, forgiveness, and friendship. ""It is as if a whole window into Indigenous culture has blown open, not jus.
1860. An Aboriginal labourer named Jim Crow is led to the scaffold of the Maitland Gaol in colonial New South Wales. Among the onlookers is the Scotsman AS Hamilton, who will take bizarre steps in the aftermath of the execution to exhume this young man’s skull. Hamilton is a lecturer who travels the Australian colonies teaching phrenology, a popular science that claims character and intellect can be judged from a person’s head. For Hamilton, Jim Crow is an important prize. A century and a half later, researchers at Museum Victoria want to repatriate Jim Crow and other Aboriginal people from Hamilton’s collection of human remains to their respective communities. But their only clues are damaged labels and skulls. With each new find, more questions emerge. Who was Jim Crow? Why was he executed? And how did he end up so far south in Melbourne? In a compelling and original work of history, Alexandra Roginski leads the reader through her extensive research aimed at finding the person within the museum piece. Reconstructing the narrative of a life and a theft, she crafts a case study that elegantly navigates between legal and Aboriginal history, heritage studies and biography. The Hanged Man and the Body Thief is a nuanced story about phrenology, a biased legal system, the aspirations of a new museum, and the dilemmas of a theatrical third wife. It is most importantly a tale of two very different men, collector and collected, one of whom can now return home.
Seumas McKinnon has just retired from an advertising job in Melbourne. He would be free to leave Australia, as a widower with no attachmentsexcept for his son, Alasdair, a successful lawyer. Although theyre grown men, Seumas and Alasdair share a strong dependency that keeps Seumas stuck in a rut. He cant meet anyone with Alasdair constantly around; even though he loves his son, he decides its time for some time apart. Seumas heads to the Isle of Skye in Scot-land. He hopes to embrace his familial roots and learn some Gaelic along the way. The separation is initially hard on both of them, but soon, Seumas meets Morag, a lovely, charming woman whom he finds immediately attractive. They strike up a relationship, even though they both know Seumas plans to return to Australia. Back home, Alasdair meets someone, tooAnnie OHare, a physiotherapist recently returned from Hong Kong. Initially she refuses to take him seriously. Apart, father and son seem to thrive. Eventually, Seumas returns to Melbourne, happy to feel some emotional distance from his clingy son. Then a tragic and nearly fatal accident occurs that bonds the McKinnon boys more than ever before. Perhaps Seumass trip to Scotland was all in vain, or per-haps his absence gave him a chance to see the true importance of love and family.

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