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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


The Mabo Interpretive Wall and Mabo Timeline website draw significantly on the published works of Noel Loos, Henry Reynolds and Bryan Keon-Cohen.  

Gail Mabo provided invaluable advice on the design elements of the Mabo Interpretative Wall and allowed us to reproduce treasured family photos that bring special value to this project.

Dorothy Savage, Bindal spokesperson worked with us on the acknowledgement of country for the Mabo Interpretive Wall that stands on Bindal land in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library and shared creation stories and symbols that tell the story of this special place. 

Dr Daniel Lavery - Adjunct Research Fellow in the College of Business, Law and Governance at James Cook University. His PhD focussed on Indigenous sovereignties re-emerging in the Australian landscape in the native title era. 

Professor Martin Nakata - Pro Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Education and Strategy.

Thanks must also go to James Cook University Library staff who have worked tirelessly, researched diligently, consulted widely, and collaborated extensively. Their passion for this project, which now ensures there is a permanent record of Eddie Koiki Mabo's journey in the building named after him, is to be commended.  


Artwork by Bernadette Boscacci 2020

Artwork by Bernadette Boscacci 2020

Artwork by Bernadette Boscacci 2020

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undefinedGail Mabo
The Land I Own 2008

Acrylic on canvas [3 panels] 


Purchased by the JCU to celebrate the official naming of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library in 2008

This artwork commemorates Eddie Koiki Mabo's struggle to have native title recognised and the legal concept to terra nullius overturned. Painted by Koiki's daughter, Gail Mabo, the artwork is displayed permanently in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library at JCU's Townsville campus. 

© Image courtesy of JCU

A detail of this work has been used with permission from the artist for this website. 

Project Team


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.Acknowledgement of Country

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