This is an NFSA Digital Learning resource. See all Digital Learning websites.
The Gurindji Strike
More Information
Web video - requires <a href="http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/">QuickTime</a> <br> <a href="#transcript">Transcript here</a>

The Aborigines who attracted most public attention and sympathy in the 1960's were the Gurindji people of the Northern Territory.

The Gurindji weren't on a mission or reserve: they were employees of Vestey's, a British pastoral company with the lease on a huge tract of land at Wave Hill.

In August of 1966, a hundred and seventy aboriginal employees of the company went on strike over poor working and living conditions.

At first they even had the sympathy of some government officials, who felt the Gurindji were at last "real workers", prepared to take industrial action, just like rest of the Australian workforce.

In March the following year, the Wave Hill strikers moved their camp to Wattie Creek and petitioned the Federal government for land to set up their own pastoral and mining operation. Eight years later, they got their land.
Advancement League
Topic
1962-1970
Aboriginal Advancement League, activism, Townsville
Native Title & Statutory Land Rights
Topic
 
High Court judgement, land rights, Mabo judgement, native title
...Land, the underlying issue...
Image and Text
1967-1975
Aboriginal Land Rights Act (Northern Territory)(1976), activism, Australian Labor Party, Communist Party of Australia, Gurindji, land rights, pastoral industry, pastoral lease, resistance, resistance, strike, trade unions, Vestey, Lord, Whitlam, Gough
Increasing Popularity Of Land Rights
Topic
1960s
Aboriginal Advancement League, Australian Labor Party, land rights, politics, Whitlam, Gough
The Whitlam Government & Land Rights
Topic
1972-1975
Australian Labor Party, land rights, Whitlam, Gough
Resistance
Topic
 
activism, land rights, land rights, resistance, strike, unionism
Gurindji Mining Lease & Cattle Station
Image
1970
Gurindji, Lingiarri, Vincent, mining, Northern Territory, Wattie Creek
Handful of sand
Image
1975
Gurindji, Lingiarri, Vincent, Whitlam, Gough
Mick Rangiari - Gurindji Tribesman
Image
 
Gurindji, Northern Territory, Rangiarri, Mick
Black Fellas Country
Video
1968-1972
Gurindji, land rights, Lingiarri, Vincent, Northern Territory, Wattie Creek