Since the beginning of European settlement in Australia, Aboriginal and Islander peoples have campaigned for the recognition of their land rights, and the right to control or maintain at least some of their land.
They've tried direct resistance, street campaigns, political lobbying, industrial action; even appeals to reason.
However, Eddie Mabo and his supporters chose another route.
They by-passed state and federal governments, and went straight to the High Court of Australia.
They hoped to convince the Court that their rights to the Murray Islands still existed; rights founded in the Meriam people's traditional laws and customs, and not reliant on a grant from the Crown.
Bryan Keon-Cohen with Mabo Case plaintiffs
Brisbane, Keon-Cohen, Bryan, Kobere, Henry, Mabo, Bonita, Mabo Case, Mabo, Eddie Jnr., Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo v Queensland No.1, Passi, Reverend Dave, Rice, James, Supreme Court of Queensland
aborigines, Blackburn, Justice, Gove, Gove Case, Gove Peninsula, McIntyre, Greg, Nabalco, Yirrkala
activism, human rights, indigenous rights, Mabo, Edward Koiki, politics, Torres Strait, Townsville
Christianity, clans, Malo, Malo's laws, Meriam culture, religion
Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, native title
bicentennial, colonisation, land rights, resistance
Australia, colonial warfare, colonialism, colonists, genocide, land rights, martial law, massacres, Tasmania, war, Warlpiri
Second Dispossession & Indigenous Response
aborigines, Arnhem Land, Australia, land rights, reserves
The Gurindji Strike
Australian Labor Party, Communist Party of Australia, Gurindji, land rights, Lingiarri, Vincent, Northern Territory, pastoralism, resistance, strike, The Northern Territory Land Rights Act, trade unions, Vestey, Lord, Whitlam, Gough
activism, Australian Labor Party, Foley, Gary, land rights, resistance, tent embassy, Whitlam, Gough
activism, Fitzroy Crossing, Kimberleys, mining, Noonkanbah, resistance, unionism, Western Australia
Mer, Murray Island, pearling industry, strike, Torres Strait Islanders
The Gove Case
Arnhem Land, Australian Court Case, bark petition, Blackburn, Justice, Gove, Gove Case, land rights, Marika, Roy, Milirrpum v Nabalco Pty Ltd, 1971 , mining, Nabalco, Northern Territory, Yirrkala