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Eddie Mabo was sent to a specialist at Townsville General Hospital, where they conducted tests and x-rayed his spine. The tests revealed he had advanced cancer of the throat, while a secondary cancer had spread to his spine. The diagnosis was terminal; he had only months to live.

Mabo's lawyers were informed of the diagnosis, but the Justices of the High Court were still in the process of writing their judgements.
...we had a cry...
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Dec, 1991
cancer, death, Eddie Mabo's Death, 21/01/1992, family
...it's not etiquette...
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1992
cancer, death, Eddie Mabo's Death, 21/01/1992
...struggles I been through over the past years...
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1991-1992
activism, cancer, death, diaries, human rights, resistance
Benny & Maiga's Son
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Jan, 2, 1992
Brisbane, cancer, death, diaries, inheritance, Mabo, Benny, Mabo, Eddie Jnr., Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo, Maiga
Speaking In A Whisper
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1991
cancer, death, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo family