In 1973, Eddie Mabo tried to go back to his island, for the first time in 15 years. His father Benny was ill and only one of Eddie's seven children had met their grandfather.
But the Murray Island Council, which had exiled him fifteen years earlier, was still under the sway of the Queensland Department of Aboriginal Affairs. And under state law, Eddie needed the Council's permission to return home.
...The story of Eddie's exile...
Department of Aboriginal & Islander Affairs (DAIA), exile, Exile Continues, 1973, Murray Island, Murray Island Council
Gardener At James Cook University
activism, Cambridge Anthropological Expedition, employment, James Cook University, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Townsville
cultural preservation, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mer, Meriam culture, Murray Island, songs, Townsville
...You are non-Islanders...
exile, Exile Continues, 1973, Murray Island, Rice, James
Murray Island Council
annexation, Murray Island Council, Murray Island Native Court, Queensland
Killoran, Patrick, Mer, Murray Island, Queensland, World War 2