Doodeward v Spence (1908) 6 CLR 406

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  • A stillborn baby with two heads is preserved by a doctor who displays it in his office.
  • Later, the doctor dies and there is a question of whether the preserved corpse can be seen as property.


  • Can there be property rights in a corpse?


  • Yes, but only if skill has been involved in the preservation of the corpse.
  • They must also be displayed in the public interest – e.g. mummies in a museum.

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