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When Koiki Mabo was growing up, the Torres Strait Islands were administered by Queensland's Chief Protector of Aborigines and the Department of Native Affairs.

The Department provided every Island child with only a limited amount of schooling, for it was assumed that no child had the ability to progress beyond primary school.

A formative influence on young Koiki was Robert Victor Miles, who came to Murray Island as a government teacher.

Miles convinced Mabo that for his future's sake, he must learn English.
...Growing up on Murray...
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1936-52
childhood, education, language, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mer, Meriam Mer, Miles, Robert 'Bob'
Eddie as a Teenager, 1950s
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1950s
education, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Torres Strait, Torres Strait Islanders
Black Community School
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1973-1985
Black Community School, cultural preservation, Mabo, Bonita, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Townsville, Townsville
The Best Of Two Cultures
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1973-1985
Black Community School, cultural preservation, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Meriam culture, multiculturalism
Gardener At James Cook University
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1967-1975
activism, Cambridge Anthropological Expedition, employment, James Cook University, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Townsville
The Roar of the Sea
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canoes, childhood, Las, Mabo, Edward Koiki, sea
...early work...
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1940-1950
employment, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo, Maiga, Miles, Robert 'Bob', Yorke Island
...music and art...
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1940s
education, language, Meriam Mer, Miles, Robert 'Bob'
Murray Island School
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1890s
annexation, education, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Miles, Robert 'Bob', Queensland, school
Red
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1970s
activism, Communist Party of Australia, Mabo, Edward Koiki, unionism
Manifestos
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activism, education, Mabo, Edward Koiki
Cambridge Anthropological Expedition
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1898
anthropology, Cambridge Anthropological Expedition, Haddon, A.C., Mer, Murray Island, Torres Strait