Tuesday, May 27, 2008

DNA testing to solve 1890s paternity case

Amazing thing the DNA! Some folks in Australia are doing a history exercise. They will dig up a philandering public official from waaaay back to check if he really is their grand daddy. Or is that Great granddaddy? I hope they get some answers. Not so nice not knowing your roots.

The body of a womanising 19th century Australian statesman has been dug up in order to resolve a paternity case. The remains of Charles Cameron Kingston, whose behaviour caused a scandal when he was the premier of South Australia in the 1890s, were exhumed from a cemetery in Adelaide and will be subjected to DNA testing.

The unusual exhumation was requested by a prominent businessman and his sister, who believe that they are descendants of an illegitimate child believed to have been fathered by the politician.

Kingston, who died in 1908, was known for his sexual indiscretions and was eventually ostracised by colonial society in Adelaide, a city which still has a reputation for moral rectitude and is known as the City of Churches. (Telegraph)

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