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Assimilation policies were also challenged at Yirrkala, a remote Arnhem Land Reserve in the Northern Territory.

In 1963 the Commonwealth Government turned over part of the Aboriginal Mission on the Gove Peninsula to Nabalco, a bauxite mining company.

Although this was home of the Yolngu people, the mission's Methodist Church administrators secretly agreed to mining exploration, and then gave their blessing to the mine itself.

Despite a petition and a parliamentary inquiry the Yolngu's request to retain control over their land was ignored. So they took the Government and Nabalco to the Northern Territory Supreme Court.
Gove Case
Topic
1971
aborigines, Blackburn, Justice, Gove, Gove Case, Gove Peninsula, McIntyre, Greg, Nabalco, Yirrkala
Advancement League
Topic
1962-1970
Aboriginal Advancement League, activism, Townsville
Yirrkala & Gove
Topic
1963-1971
bark petition, Gove, industry, land rights, Marika, Roy, mining, Nabalco, Yunupingu, Galarrwuy
Assimilation
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assimilation, Australia, Australia, indigenous Australians, racism, Stolen Generation
...the Undersigned aboriginal people of Yirrkala...
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Aug, 14 , 1963
activism, Arnhem Land, bark petition, Beazley, Kim Snr., Blackburn, Justice, Bryant, Gordon, Gove, Hasluck, Paul, Kakadu National Park, Marika, Roy, resistance, Wells, Reverend Edgar, Yirrkala, Yolgnu, Yunupingu, Galarrwuy
The tradition of bark painting at Yirrkala
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activism, anthropology, Arnhem Land, bark petition, Blackburn, Justice, culture, Gove, Gove Case, Kakadu National Park, Marika, Roy, missionaries, missions, Northern Territory, Yirrkala, Yolgnu, Yunupingu, Galarrwuy
Seagull - Yirrkala
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1962
Arnhem Land, culture, Gove Case, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, songs, Yirrkala, Yolgnu
Yolngu leadership
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1962-72
Arnhem Land, bark petition, Blackburn, Justice, cultural preservation, Gove Case, Kakadu National Park, Millingimbi, missionaries, missions, Wells, Reverend Edgar, Yirrkala, Yolgnu, Yunupingu, Galarrwuy
The Gove Case
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1967-1972
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
The Gove Decision Questioned
Topic
1971
Arnhem Land, Australian Court Case, bark petition, Blackburn, Justice, Canada, Gove, Gove Case, land rights, Milirrpum v Nabalco Pty Ltd, 1971 , mining, Nabalco, Northern Territory, Yirrkala