In 1962 Eddie and Bonita moved their young family to Townsville.
Their first child Eddie Junior had reached pre-school age, but there were no kindergarten facilities out west.
They had also saved enough money for a deposit on a house.
Koiki and Bonita raised seven children of their own, as well as adopting, island style, three more from their extended family.
After he moved to Townsville, Eddie found himself a job at the Townsville Harbour Board, as a deckhand on the tug boat Lalor.
...we're not to serve black people here...
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Buried In Townsville
Feb, 1, 1992
burial, Las, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo family, Townsville
...a handful of black teachers...
Black Community School, education, James Cook University, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Townsville
...Eddie was one of the first to come here...
Mabo, Edward Koiki, Queensland, racism, Reynolds, Henry (Prof.), Townsville, trade unions
...Growing up in the Mabo family...
Image and Text
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...He would act the goat...
Mabo, Bonita, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo family
The Townsville Conference
James Cook University, Land Rights Conference, 1981, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Townsville