Edward (Eddie) Koiki Mabo, was born on Mer (Murray) Island in 1936.
He was exiled from the Island when he was 16, and worked across northern Queensland and the Torres Strait.
He then settled in Townsville with his young family in 1962.
Eddie established Australia’s first black community school in 1973.
In 1982 Eddie Mabo and four other Islanders initiated legal action, claiming customary ownership of their lands on Mer Island.
After being rejected in 1990, Eddie Mabo took the case to the High Court.
The High Court overturned terra nullius in Australia in 1992, but sadly Eddie Mabo died before the decision was handed down.
Following the desecration of Eddie Mabo’s grave in 1995, his body was re-interred on Mer
Murray Island Community 1898.
Rain on the horizon threatens to overtake the sunrise near Laver Hill, in the stunning Otways of Victoria.
Photo by ABC Open contributor greens_pics
Image Credit: Australian Geographic by Phoebe Baldwin.
Take a hike, grab a bike and get airborne in this tropical oasis nestled in the fertile plateau of the Atherton Tableland.
Go on a trip to Far North Queensland and explore the area around the largest town on the Atherton Tablelands.
Mareeba experiences more than 300 sunny days a year and prides itself on being the ballooning capital of the world.
Abundant wildlife and magnificent scenery await you at this destination with something for everyone.
Rich in Aboriginal heritage you will find plenty to do with bushwalks and bike tracks galore.
Adventure during the day and enjoy the unique accommodation and fantastic local foods at night.
Author: Amanda Laugesen
Bugger, rooted, bloody oath…What is it about Australians and swearing?
We’ve got an international reputation for using bad language (Where the bloody hell are ya?) and letting rip with a choice swear word or two has long been a very Aussie thing to do.
From the defiant curses of the convicts and bullock drivers to the humour of Kath and Kim, Amanda Laugesen, director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre, takes us on a fascinating journey through the history of Australia’s bad language to reveal our preoccupations and our concerns.
Bad language has been used in all sort of ways in our history: to defy authority, as a form of liberation and subversion, and as a source of humour and creativity.
Bad language has also been used to oppress and punish those who have been denied a claim to using it, notably Indigenous Australians and women. It has also long been subject to various forms of censorship.
‘If you’ve ever wondered why to use bad language in Australia is to ‘swear like a bullocky’, Amanda Laugesen’s Rooted will give you the answer.
Taking us on a colourful tour of more than two centuries of bad language that extends from the mildly offensive to the completely filthy, Laugesen tells the story of Australia through those words and phrases that have often been seen as unfit to print.
This is an engrossing social history – a bloody beauty – from one of our leading experts on Australian English.’ — Frank Bongiorno, Professor of History, The Australian National University Price $32.99(AUD.
by Richard Willingham
The 20-storey public housing tower and its mural dominates the Collingwood skyline. Image Credit: ABC News
The 20-storey mural is the tallest in the Southern Hemisphere.
Artist Matt Adnate hopes the artwork brings pride to residents of the housing flats
The work follows widespread success of silo art across Australia
The grade one student’s face is hard to miss as it stares out towards the city, painted across multiple levels of the Collingwood public housing block where he lives.
The 20-storey mural is the tallest ever painted on a building in the Southern Hemisphere, and once completed, will feature the faces of four residents who hail from three continents.