In August 2004, I conveyed these churingas back to their owners in Central Australia.
Most of the owners expressed concerns about the problem of storing their churingas in a secure place.
During the entire journey, there was only one occasion in which an owner welcomed, whole-heartedly, the return of his churingas.
As we have seen, my colleagues and I could establish the provenance of only 100 or so churingas from a total of 1500 in Melbourne Museum's collection.
What we do know for certain is that, by the turn of the nineteenth century, a strong demand for churingas had begun to emerge on the part of private collectors and museums.