Professor Megan Davis delivers the Eddie Koiki Mabo Lecture in 2017: The Mabo Political Settlement: What became of the social justice package.
Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous and Professor of Law, UNSW. Prof Davis is an expert member of the United Nations Human Rights Council's Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Prof Davis is a constitutional lawyer who was a member of the Referendum Council and the Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution. Megan is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and a Commissioner on the Australian Rugby League Commission.
June 3rd 2017 marked 25 years since native title was recognised in Australia.
Mabo Claim 1, 2017
Bamboo, twine, shells, polyurethane 53.5 x 91.2 cm.
© National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Purchased with funds donated by the Nordia Foundation, 2017 (2017.1222)
Map of Murray Island
© Eddie Koiki Mabo/National Library of Australia
“This artwork (Mabo Claim 1), is a representation of a sculptural map made from bamboo, collected from the bamboo that Eddie Koiki Mabo grew at James Cook University during his time there. It is my response to the 25th anniversary to celebrate the life and achievement of my father through looking at Land Map that he hand-drew to show the connection to land and boundaries which divided family groups. The boundary marks are represented by the Black Crow Shell from Tasmania.”
We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and acknowledge Traditional Owners of the lands where our staff and students, live, learn and work.