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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

JCU Mabo Lecture - 2021

Emeritus Professor John Maynard, Indigenous Education and Research (Indigenous History), Newcastle University, pays tribute to Eddie Koiki Mabo by highlighting forgotten heroes and heroines of Australian Indigenous history. Focusing on the lives and times of three courageous historical figures, sports star Dave Sands, political activist Jane Duren, and war hero Douglas Grant, this lecture will reveal the importance of uncovering and understanding the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history.

JCU's Adjunct Professor Gracelyn Smallwood shares memories of Uncle Koiki Mabo during her Welcome to Country.

Emeritus Professor John Maynard has established himself as the foremost Indigenous historian in Australia. His books Fight for Liberty and Freedom (shortlisted for the Victorian Premiers History Award), The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe (a highly commended finalist for the prestigious Walkley Award) and Aboriginal Stars of the Turf (Dymocks Readers Choice) have received high acclaim. His research has concentrated on the intersections of Australian Aboriginal political and social history and made significant contributions to the research fields of Australian Aboriginal, race relations and sports history both nationally and internationally. His work examining the rise of organised Australian Aboriginal political activism during the 1920s has been recognised as groundbreaking including the revelation that African American influence and inspiration (particularly, Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association) played a part in the rise of the early Australian Aboriginal political movement. This work has challenged the previous misconception that it was largely non-Indigenous Christian and humanitarian influence that drove Australian Aboriginal political mobilisation.

Official Naming of JCU's Thursday Island Study Centre

To celebrate the University’s deep connection with First Nations people, Indigenous names were gifted to campuses in Townsville, Cairns and Mount Isa during the University’s 50 year celebrations in 2020.

In 2021 the Thursday Island Study Centre (AITHM Clinical Research and Training Facility) received its traditional name as an act of reconciliation, respectfully acknowledging the many generations that have gone before and recognising the Traditional Owners of the place that is theirs and that we have the privilege to share.

Location Campus Name Translation Language and Country
Thursday Island

Ngulaigau Mudh campus

(pronounced ngoo-lai-gow mud)

House of knowledge Kaurareg Traditional Owners in the dialect of the Kala Lagaw Ya, a traditional language of the Torres Strait

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