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NLC anthropologist to assist with repatriation

Posted: Wed, August 24, 2011

Northern Land Council anthropologist Carol Christophersen will take her skills and experience to England next month where she will be part of the repatriation process of human remains from Australia which are currently housed at the National History Museum (NHM) in London.

The 43-year-old mother of three was today awarded a fellowship by the Department of the Prime
Minister and Cabinet through the Office for the Arts to spend six months working in the Human
Remains Unit at the NHM.

Excited, but overwhelmed by the logistics of uprooting her life for six months and trading in the
sunshine and warm weather for a chilly northern hemisphere winter, Ms Christophersen put on hold
her plans of completing her Honours in anthropology next year to take up the position.

“I had four separate relatives send me the advertisement for the fellowship so I thought I had better
apply,” she said.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity and I knew that if I didn’t apply I’d always think that I could have done
it...and that I should have done it.”

Ms Christophersen believes the fellowship will provide her with the opportunity to build on her skill
base particularly in the area of high level facilitation and diplomatic negotiations between institutions
on issues as sensitive as repatriations.

NLC Chairman Wali Wunungmurra said Ms Christophersen’s fellowship was thoroughly deserved.
“Carol beat a strong field of hopefuls to win the coveted prize – and this is testament to the quality of
work she has performed in the NLC’s Anthropological team for almost a decade,” he said.

“It is a proud day for the Anthropological unit and all NLC members and staff.”

Ms Christophersen will begin her fellowship in mid-September.

For a PDF version of the media release, click below:

http://www.nlc.org.au/files/various/Repatriation_fellowship.pdf