The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has welcomed the Hobart City Council’s decision to remove a statue of a former Tasmanian premier who mutilated the body of an Aboriginal man in 1869.

William Crowther, a surgeon and politician, stole the skull of William Lanne from a morgue and sent it to the Royal College of Surgeons in London.

The council last night voted 7-4 to remove the statue from Franklin Square in the capital’s CBD after years of campaigning from Aboriginal groups.

Palawa woman and campaign manager for the TAC, Nala Mansell says it’s good to see the majority are willing to admit the wrongs of the past.