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Collection of negatives relating to the documentary films Land bilong Islanders and Mabo: life of an island man, 1989-1992 / Trevor Graham
Bib ID 7542413
Format PicturePicture [still image, unmediated carrier]
Author
Graham, Trevor, photographer
 
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Description 1989-1992 
319 negatives : colour ; 35 mm 
Biography/History

Dr Trevor Graham has worked as a writer, producer and director of documentaries for 35 years and he is the writer-director of Land bilong Islanders, a 1989 documentary film on the Mabo Case; and of Mabo : life of an island man, a 1997 documentary film about the public and private life of Edward Koiki Mabo.

Edward Koiki Mabo was a Torres Strait Islander human rights and land rights activist. He worked as director of the Townsville Black Community School, 1973-1983. Mabo dedicated his life to overturning the decision of Lieutenant James Cook to take possession of the east coast of Australia in the name of King George III. Originally working on railways and sugar plantations, Mabo gained an education and became an activist after he realised that his ancestral land, despite his traditional ties, belonged to the Crown.

Rejecting the direct action of the land rights movement, Mabo targeted the legal justification for the land appropriation. In 1982, he and four other Murray, or Mer, Islanders began court action to gain legal title to their family land. Principal plaintiff in the landmark High Court native title case, "Mabo and Others versus State of Queensland and the Commonwealth, 1982-92". It is Mabo's name that has been given to the subsequent decision of the High Court of Australia on 3 June 1992, five months after he died, that reversed the principle of Terra Nullius and resulted in the recognition of native title.

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Title devised by cataloguer from acquisitions documentation.

Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other First Nations people are advised that items in this collection may contain the names and images of deceased people and other content that may be culturally sensitive.

PIC Cold Store Row A2/2/4 Album 1 #PIC/20651/1-319 copy Digital master available National Library of Australia

Source of Acquisition Purchased from Trevor Graham, 2018. 
Subjects Mabo, Edward, 1936-1992 -- Photographs.  |  Mabo, Bonita, -2018 -- Photographs.  |  Mabo family -- Photographs.  |  Australia. High Court. Mabo and others v. State of Queensland.  |  Torres Strait Islanders -- Queensland -- Photographs.  |  Torres Strait Islanders -- Social life and customs -- Photographs.  |  Native title - Cases - Mabo.  |  Documentary films -- Production and direction -- Queensland -- Murray Island -- Photographs.  |  Documentary films -- Production and direction -- Queensland -- Thursday Island -- Photographs.  |  Mer / Murray Island (Qld TSI SC55-05)  |  Murray Island (Qld.) -- Photographs.  |  Murray Island (Qld.) -- Social life and customs -- Photographs.  |  Thursday Island (Qld.) -- Photographs.  |  Waiben / Thursday Island (Qld TSI SC54-11)  |  Torres Strait Islands (Qld TSI SC54, SC55-05)  |  Torres Strait Islands (Qld.) -- Social life and customs -- Photographs.  |  Darnley Island (Qld.) -- Photographs.  |  Erub / Darnley Island (Qld TSI SC54-08)
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