Gardener At James Cook University
Mabo was a full time community activist; but he also needed to make a living.
And from 1967 to '75, he worked as a gardener at James Cook University's Townsville campus.
He also spent many hours in the university library; and, at lunchtimes, he could be found sitting in his gardening clothes, reading the six volume report on the Torres Strait, by the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition.
Mabo's fascination with learning increased. He even delivered guest lectures, giving academics, and their students, a first hand taste of Islander culture.
In return, they helped him understand the white man's system and the white man's law. And what he learned deeply offended his sense of justice.
...We only had a tin of jam...
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