- ACTIVIST -
Welcome to some facts about a man I mentioned in my third book, 'A Drover's Blanket'. Vincent Lingiari AM, was an Aboriginal rights activist, and a member of the Gurindji people. In his earlier life he worked as a stockman at Wave Hill Cattle Station.
The strike lasted seven years. In 1975, in a now famously symbolic gesture, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam poured earth into Lingiari's hand to mark the giving of a lease of 3300 square kilometres to the Muramulla Gurindji Company.
Vincent Lingiari was one of four Gurindji signatories to the petition to the Governor-General in 1967. The petition argued that 'morally the land is ours and should be returned to us'.
Lingiari continued to play a leadership role as the Gurindji people established this company on lands finally recognised as belonging to them. As a result of his leadership of the campaign for Gurindji land, Vincent Lingiari has become a national iconic figure representing, more broadly, the struggle of Aboriginal people to have their rights to land recognised.
Clancy's comment: Well done, Vincent. This man could not read or write, but he stuck to his principles. I think his quote mentioned above, is profound.