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Epilogue

Epilogue

WARNING: Visitors should be aware that this website includes images and names of deceased people that may cause sadness or distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This book aims to bring Aboriginal gorgets to wider public attention and to demonstrate their value as historical documents.

Many gorgets languish unknown in private collections and the information they carry is hidden from Aboriginal people who might have a connection with the person named.

Public collections of the gorgets are often equally as hidden because they are not displayed, but kept locked in the vaults of institutions such as museums and art galleries.

An even more immediate problem is that gorgets now fetch large prices from investors and collectors of Australiana. It is possible that these important links with Aboriginal history are at best being kept in private collections in Australia and the very worst leaving the country for overseas collections. Aboriginal communities, such as the Wiradjuri people of Cowra, are seeking to regain the gorgets and to retain them within their community collections so that they can continue to have public significance and proclaim the existence of Aboriginal leaders and heroes.