Benny & Maiga's Son
On the second of January 1992, Eddie was flown to the Royal Brisbane Hospital for radium treatment. Later that day, from his hospital bed, he wrote what appears to be his last will and testament. Whilst in Brisbane, Koiki also wrote a history of his land at Las. He once again reaffirmed his status as Benny and Maiga Mabo's son.
However, Mabo's health worsened, and by January the fifteenth he was confined to bed, too weak to stand, and was almost inaudible when he spoke. His wife Bonita, his son Eddie Jnr, and his brother Nicey Sambo, were constantly with him in his final hours.
On the twenty first of January, at eleven am, he made his final diary entry; it simply read, "24hrs RH".
Mabo, Benny, Mabo family, Mabo, Maiga, Mer
E.K. Mabo to Defence Department
May, 22, 1986
army, Department of Defence, letters, Mabo, Benny, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Sambo, Robert, Townsville, World War 2
...dearest daughter in law...
letters, Mabo, Bonita, Mabo Case, Mabo, Maiga
...it's not etiquette...
cancer, death, Eddie Mabo's Death, 21/01/1992
...take good care of your Mum...
cancer, death, diaries, Eddie Mabo's Death, 21/01/1992, Townsville
...Koiki's history of Las...
ancestors, death, diaries, inheritance, Las
...he really did die in my arms...
cancer, death, Eddie Mabo's Death, 21/01/1992, love letters, Mabo, Bonita, marriage
Jun, 29, 1936
adoption, gardening, inheritance, Las, Mabo, Benny, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo, Maiga, Mer, Mer, Meriam Mer, Murray Island, Sambo, Poipe, Sambo, Robert
Justice Moynihan's Decision
Moynihan, Justice Martin, Moynihan's findings
Eddie Mabo - Linchpin
Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo family
Justice Moynihan's Findings
Nov, 16, 1990
Mabo, Edward Koiki, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Moynihan's findings, Supreme Court of Queensland
Tragedy & Victory
Eddie Mabo's Death, 21/01/1992, High Court victory, Mabo judgement
cancer, Eddie Mabo's Death, 21/01/1992