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Land Bilong Islanders: Mabo
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The Murray Islanders believed they had a very strong case to put to an Anglo-Australian court.

They maintained an inherited land ownership system and the land had identifiable boundaries.

They also observed an indigenous property law which decreed; "keep to your own place".

And they had kept the Murray Islands largely to themselves since the mid 1880s.
Scales from the eyes of justice
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Jun, 22, 1992
High Court judgement, land rights, Mabo Case, Mer, Murray Island
...June 3rd 1992...
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1992
High Court Decision, 03/06/1992, High Court judgement, human rights, Land Bilong Islanders, land ownership
...I'm plaintiff for this court case...
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1989
human rights, Land Bilong Islanders, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo v Queensland No.1, Murray Island, Passi, Reverend Dave, plaintiffs, Rice, James
...since time immemorial...
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annexation, Land Bilong Islanders, Mabo v Queensland No.1, Mer, Murray Island
...clearly defined boundaries...
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1989
inheritance, Land Bilong Islanders, land boundaries, land ownership, McIntyre, Greg, Mer, Murray Island
...A tiny island...
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High Court of Australia, Land Bilong Islanders, Mabo Case, plaintiffs, reconciliation, terra nullius
...Silence all stand please...
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1989
Great Northern expedition, Land Bilong Islanders, Mabo Case, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Murray Island, Supreme Court of Queensland
Islanders appearing for Qld
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barristers, Depoma, Marwer, inheritance, Land Bilong Islanders, land disputes, land ownership, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Queensland Government, White, Margaret, witnesses
Time Immemorial
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Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, native title
The Case Begins!
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1982
High Court of Australia, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki
Mabo Case Commences
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1982
claim, High Court of Australia, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, plaintiffs
The Mabo Case
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1982-1992
High Court of Australia, International law, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, terra nullius
Order Of The Court
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1992
Brennan, Justice Gerard, crown land, Dawson, Justice, Deane, Sir William, Gaudron, Justice Mary, High Court judgement, High Court of Australia, Mabo judgement, Mabo v Queensland No.2, Mason, Chief Justice Anthony, McHugh, Justice Michael, Mer, native title, Order of the Court, Toohey, Justice