The head of the Nyoongar warrior Yagan will finally be put to rest next month at a burial ceremony near Upper Swan.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Kim Hames told Parliament yesterday the burial would be on July 10 at a memorial park at Belhus, off West Swan Road, near where it was believed Yagan had been killed.

The unifying Aboriginal figure, who led a resistance against white settlers, was shot in 1833 and decapitated. His head was taken to England.

It was finally returned to Perth in 1997 but disagreement over whether the head should be buried without its body - which remains missing despite searches using ground radar technology - has caused delays.

The West Australian

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