Indigenous Land Rights

Nicole Keldoulis

The pursuit of Indigenous Land Rights was 100% successful and fully supported by the Australian population.

Please be aware this flyer contains images of deceased people and may be upsetting for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island(er) people

Indigenous Land Rights Timeline

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Figures in the Land Rights Movement

Eddie Mabo

Eddie Mabo an indigenous Australian's rightful land was taken away from him in 1982. He had taken numerous complaints to court but he was denied his land every time. Eddie Mabo died in January of 1992 from cancer and it wasn't until june that year when the court decided in favour of eddie and gave him his land back. He had to wait over ten years for him to have his rightful land back and he never would have known he gained ownership of it again as he had already passed away. Hundreds of Indigenous people had there land taken away from them and never got it back. (Australian Museum, 2009)

Vincent Lingiari

(The National Museum of Australia, 2008) (pearson 2013)

- 1972 vincent Lingiari formed a group with the people on his land

-they formed a group because the white people over took there land and made them work for no pay

- him and his group went on strike and stopped working until they were payed

-took 9 years for government to respond

- Gough Whitlam handed back land symbolically to Vincent Lingiari. Whitlam handed soil to Lingiari.

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Wave Hill Strike

"Vincent Lingiari led 200 Aboriginal workers off their jobs at the Wave Hill cattle station, 800 kilometres south of Darwin" (ABC, n.d.). The group was fighting for equal pay as the white men got payed more than half more of what the Indigenous Australians did.

Gurindji strike - The Wave Hill walk-off - (ABC TV - 80 Days That Changed Australia)

Aboriginal Tent Embassy

The Aboriginal Tent Embassy started in 1972 on Australia day. this GROUP protested against the rejection of the aboriginal land rights. (pearson, 2013)

A group of four indigenous protesters Billy Craigie, Bertie Williams, Michael Anderson and Tony Correy (Leslie, 2012) set out a beach umbrella outside Parliament House holding a sign the said 'Aboriginal Embassy'. After this, numbers of tents set outside parliament house grew with almost 2000 people protesting.(The National Museum of Australia, 2008)

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Goal that was achieved by the Land Rights movement

It is evident that in research above those Events such as Uluru being returned and the Aboriginal Tent Embassy campaign influenced the Land Rights Movement in Australia. The main goal that was achieved in some events was for the traditional Aboriginal Land to be returned to their owners. It was successful in events and shows that the goal was achieved in these events.


ABC,n.d. GURINDJI STRIKE - THE WAVE HILL WALK-OFF, accessed 16 September 2013, <>.

Addison, P, Albert, T & et al 2013, Pearson S.B. History 10, Pearson Australia,Melbourne, Vic.

Australian Museum, 2009 The Land, accessed 16 September 2013, <>.

Leslie, T 2012 The history of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, ABC News, accessed30 August 2013, <>.

The National Museum of Australia, . 2008 Aboriginal Embassy, 1972, ., accessed 30 August 2013, <>.

This day tonight 1968 Gurindji strike - The Wave Hill walk-off - (ABC TV - 80 Days That changes Australia), online video, 22 May 2013, accessed 16 September 2013, <>.

Vincent Lingiari, 2008 The National Museum of Australia, accessed 1 September 2013, <>.