A member of Tasmania’s Indigenous community reported the illegal trade after the artefacts were being offered for sale on the internet.
Luke Bond, Chief enforcement officer from the Natural and Cultural Heritage Division found 38 potential indigenous artefacts in one Hobart house.
The items consist of a range of stone materials. We are liaising with Aboriginal heritage experts to try and identify and authenticate the objects.
Steve Gall Director of Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania was glad the items were confiscated, he believes it’s necessary people knew the law in regard to Aboriginal heritage and artefacts.
Aboriginal heritage provides an important link for the Aboriginal community to their old people. It also represents the history of Tasmania
According to Tasmania’s Aboriginal Relics act circa 1975, it is against the law and considered an offence to sell an Aboriginal relic.
Maximum punishment includes six months jail time.