My proudest moment March 2022
SBSTV The Feed, Returning a Lardil headdress to its traditional owners.
Thank you, SBS and Lucy Murray. A million thanks to Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) for the safe return of this Lardil artefact. It was a pleasure and a privilege to meet the family of Mr Jack, and Mr Michael Gavenor and Mr Lawrence Burke from the Wellesley Islands.
Thank you to the late Mr Jack for allowing us to be temporary custodians of his dancing hat.
We look towards Mr Jack’s dancing hat reaching its spiritual home in the Wellesley Islands.
Thank you AIATSIS for inviting me to represent my father Maurice Routhan, who is now 93 years old, in the Return ceremony, it was a great honour and my proudest moment.
Special thanks to Craig Ritchie, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, and Rose Rutherford at AIATSIS. Also to my brother Mark Routhan, to Ellie Rundle, and to Susanne Gervay.
Thanks also to Martin Freckman, Heath Garrett, Ophelia Rubinich, and Milmarjah at AIATSIS.