- DEMI LYNCH -
* TRIGGER WARNING - this story discusses body mutilation and grave robbing the body of an Aboriginal man *
Around the world there are statues of famous politicians, historical figures and leaders.
Since the eruption of the Black Lives Matter protests many statues of racist figures have been torn down, graffitied and many have been called to be removed.
There have been arguments about far must we go with these statues.
Wouldn't we end up removing all of them if we looked at their history?
They all can't be that bad?
Well... I'm going to give you just ONE example of JUST HOW RACIST some of Australia's statues are.
The statue I would like to talk about is of Tasmania's former premier William Crowther.
He was the premier for the state in the 1800s for just over a year.
He held this position until his death.
A statue of him was erected in Hobart and the W.L Crowther Library was built in his honour after his death.
BUT William Crowther was a grave-robber.
In 1869 a man named William Lanne passed away.
Authorities referred to him as the last "full-blooded" male Aboriginal in Tasmania.
A group of scientists mutilated his body just after he died in hospital.
One of those men was William Crowther - he removed Lanne's head.
After Lanne was buried more body parts were stolen.
Crowther was ridiculed in the papers for his actions, they said he was a "desperate man" just trying to "satisfy his ego."
And he was suspended from his role as an honorary medical officer.
BUT LESS THAN 10 YEARS LATER HE STILL BECAME PREMIER OF TASMANIA DESPITE BEING A GRAVE ROBBER.
Do you believe William Crowther should be honoured with a statue in Tasmania's capital city?
Do you believe other racist statues should be taken down?
Or should people like William Crowther still be considered an honourable political figure?