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Hobart slammed over plan to move William Crowther statue after years of controversy

A bitter battle is brewing in one Australian city over a council’s ‘woke’ plans to remove the statue of a disgraced politician, who mutilated an Aboriginal man’s dead body.

The statue of William Crowther, who removed the skull of Aboriginal man William Lanne in 1869 and sent it to London nine years before he became Tasmania’s premier, will be torn down after years of debate and criticism.

The removal of the sculpture from Franklin Square, in Hobart’s CBD, will cost around $20,000 but there are also plans to move it somewhere else.

The bronze statue, erected in 1889, has long been contentious in Hobart. 

In 2021, an artist painted its head and hands red as part of a reimagining of the statue, symbolising the body part Crowther removed and that he had ‘blood on his hands’ over the…

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