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NZer returns treasures pilfered from Burma

Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:29 am
by KoKo
A New Zealand man will today hand back treasures his great-great-grandfathers ransacked from a Burmese pagoda more than 160 years ago.

Gareth Bodle has travelled to Myanmar to return items including a silver Buddha, a temple gong and a brass incense burner in the shape of a snake.

Mr Bodle said his ancestors, Major Donald George Angus Darroch and Ensign George Bodle, took the treasures during the capture of Shwemawdaw Pagoda in Bago in 1852.

"I think that we have to concede the term 'pilfer'. For the British troops these were novelties of a pagan race that they were subjugating," Mr Bodle said.

Full story: Radio NZ