The Gurindji Strike
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.
Aboriginal Advancement League, activism, Townsville
Native Title & Statutory Land Rights
High Court judgement, land rights, Mabo judgement, native title
...Land, the underlying issue...
Image and Text
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Increasing Popularity Of Land Rights
Aboriginal Advancement League, Australian Labor Party, land rights, politics, Whitlam, Gough
The Whitlam Government & Land Rights
Australian Labor Party, land rights, Whitlam, Gough
activism, land rights, land rights, resistance, strike, unionism
Gurindji Mining Lease & Cattle Station
Gurindji, Lingiarri, Vincent, mining, Northern Territory, Wattie Creek
Handful of sand
Gurindji, Lingiarri, Vincent, Whitlam, Gough
Mick Rangiari - Gurindji Tribesman
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Black Fellas Country
Gurindji, land rights, Lingiarri, Vincent, Northern Territory, Wattie Creek