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Time Immemorial
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Four hundred people live on Murray Island or Mer, one of many Torres Strait Islands which Britain annexed to the colony of Queensland in 1879.

More than 100 years later, three Murray Islanders are fighting a legal battle against the Queensland and Australian governments. They're attempting to prove that Islanders are customary owners of land on Mer and sections of the Great Barrier Reef. Their ancestors, they say, have inhabited the island since time immemorial.
Mer, Waier & Dauar
Topic
 
Dauar, Dauar, HMS Pandora, Mer, Meriam culture, Meriam history, Meriam history, Murray Island, Waier
Land Rights Conference
Topic
1981
conference, James Cook University, land rights, land rights, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Townsville
Belonging To Country
Topic
 
aborigines, Australia, dreamtime, indigenous Australians, land ownership, land rights, sacred
A Challenge To The Established Law
Topic
Apr, 3, 1987
Canberra, High Court of Australia, native title, Queensland Coast Islands Declaratory Act , 1985 , sovereignty, terra nullius
Origins
Topic
 
Mer, Murray Island, Torres Strait
A Meriam Calendar, Ancient & Modern
Topic
 
fishing, food gathering, gardening, Mer, Meriam culture, Murray Island
Dispossession
Topic
 
colonisation, dispossession
GovernmentAuthority
Topic
1879
assimilation, Mer, Murray Island, Murray Island Council, Murray Island Native Court, Queensland, school
Land Bilong Islanders - Mabo
Topic
 
Great Northern expedition, land ownership, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Malo's laws, Mer, Meriam culture, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Murray Island, sea rights
Mabo Case Commences
Topic
1982
claim, High Court of Australia, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, plaintiffs
Meriam Mir
Topic
 
Black Community School, education, language, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Meriam culture, Meriam Mer, Miles, Robert 'Bob'
Great Northern Expedition
Topic
1989
Great Northern expedition, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mer, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Murray Island, Supreme Court of Queensland
The Mabo Case
Topic
1982-1992
High Court of Australia, International law, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, terra nullius
The Townsville Conference
Topic
1981
James Cook University, Land Rights Conference, 1981, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Townsville