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Eddie Koiki Mabo Timeline

Accompanying website for the Eddie Koiki Mabo Timeline inside the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, James Cook University

Celebrating 20 years since the Mabo decision

Celebrations are held for the 20th anniversary of the handing down of the Mabo High Court decision on 3 June 1992.

Mabo Lecture June 1 2012

Professor Henry Reynolds is an eminent Australian historian whose research has focused on frontier conflicts between Indigenous Australians and colonial settlers and is credited with transforming how history is studied in Australia. He was a friend of Koiki, and participated in events which led to the decision to challenge Crown ownership of land on Mer Island in the High Court of Australia. Professor Reynolds was an academic at James Cook University between 1965 and 1998.

Download the transcript of Professor Henry Reynolds 2012 Mabo Lecture.

Mabo Day celebrations June 3 2012

James Cook University recognised the 20th anniversary of the Mabo decision at Eddie Koiki Mabo Library on Mabo Day, 2012.

Celebrations included a traditional smoking ceremony, addresses by James Cook University Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding and Professor Stanley Nangala, traditional dancing, and a dedication of the Eddie Koiki Mabo memorial plinth in its new location outside of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library. 

Gail Mabo presented her art exhibition, 17, in the foyer of Eddie Koiki Mabo Library. Gail spoke about her position as a member of the 17th generation of the Mabo family. The exhibition featured screen prints of traditional Torres Strait fishing baskets and the sardines that are readily caught off the beach on Mer Island.

The afternoon concluded with The Making of Mabo, a panel discussion about the making of the film, Mabo. The panel featured Darren Dale, Gail Mabo, Jimi Bani, Noel Loos and Charles Passi.

Mabo, the movie June 9 2012

Mabo, the film, is released in the 20th anniversary year of the 1992 Mabo decision. The title role is played by Jimi Bani and that of his wife, Bonita Mabo, by Deborah Mailman.

Mabo movie photo shoot at Eddie Koiki Mabo Library

Librarians (dressed as extras) from the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library with actor Jimi Bani.  

Lights, camera, action - inside the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library

Lights, camera, action - inside the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library

Lights, camera, action - inside the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library

Lights, camera, action - inside the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library

Lights, camera, action - inside the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library

Librarians (dressed as extras) from the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library.  

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