Koiki's Wish Fulfilled
On September the eighteenth 1995, Koiki's wish was fulfilled. In a moving ceremony at Las, his remains were interred in their final resting place, the site of Benny Mabo's former garden, where young Koiki had learnt to grow yams and sweet potatoes.
Among the Islanders who came to pay their last respects, was a strong sense that this was where Koiki really belonged.
The tombstone, with a new bronze bust, was resurrected and unveiled, finally releasing the Mabo family from mourning.
Mabo's Tombstone, Murray Island
Sep, 10, 1995
Las, Mabo, Bonita, Mabo family, Mer, Murray Island, reburial, tombstone ceremony
...buried in his own land...
Sep, 18, 1995
Mer, Murray Island, reburial
...I do feel at ease...
Sep, 18, 1995
love letters, Mabo family, marriage, reburial
Malo Dance from Mabo film
ancestors, Las, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Malo dance, Malo's laws, reburial, sacred
Jun, 29, 1936
adoption, gardening, inheritance, Las, Mabo, Benny, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo, Maiga, Mer, Mer, Meriam Mer, Murray Island, Sambo, Poipe, Sambo, Robert
Bakir Auski - Tombstone Opening 1995
Jun, 3, 1995
Bakir Auski, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo family, mourning, tombstone, tombstone unveiling, Townsville
Benny & Maiga's Son
Jan, 2, 1992
Brisbane, cancer, death, diaries, inheritance, Mabo, Benny, Mabo, Eddie Jnr., Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo, Maiga
Buried In Townsville
Feb, 1, 1992
burial, Las, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo family, Townsville
Las, Las, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Malo, Mer, Meriam culture, Meriam history, Murray Island, Piadaram, Zogo le
Take Him Back To Mer
desecration, Las, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mer, Townsville
The Journey Home
Sep, 12, 1995
Bakir Auski, Las, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mer, Murray Island, tombstone ceremony
Mabo Returns to Native Cradle
Sep, 19, 1995
desecration, grave, Las, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mer, Murray Island