the story of vincent lingiari

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the story of vincent lingiari

Vincent Lingiari, a Kadijeri man, was thrust into public life when he led the Gurindji people off Wave Hill station in 1966. The powerful Vestey Company had refused to pay these pastoral workers wages of $25.00 per week. The walk-off to Daguragu (or Wattie Creek) was an initial response to the refusal to pay, but the protest shifted to a more fundamental request - that traditional Gurindji lands be returned. 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'.

Vincent Lingiari

Gather round people let me tell you're a storyAn eight year long story of power and prideBritish Lord Vestey and Vincent LingiarriWere opposite men on opposite sides Vestey was fat with money and muscleBeef was his business, broad was his doorVincent was lean and spoke very littleHe had no bank balance, hard dirt was his floor From little things big things growFrom little things big things grow Gurindji were working for nothing but rationsWhere once they had gathered the wealth of the landDaily the pressure got tighter and tighterGurindju decided they must make a stand They picked up their swags and started off walkingAt Wattie Creek they sat themselves downNow it don't sound like much but it sure got tongues talkingBack at the homestead and then in the town From little things big things growFrom little things big things grow Vestey man said I'll double your wagesSeven quid a week you'll have in your handVincent said uhuh we're not talking about wagesWe're sitting right here till we get our landVestey man roared and Vestey man thunderedYou don't stand the chance of a cinder in snowVince said if we fall others are rising From little things big things growFrom little things big things grow Then Vincent Lingiarri boarded an aeroplaneLanded in Sydney, big city of lightsAnd daily he went round softly speaking his storyTo all kinds of men from all walks of life And Vincent sat down with big politiciansThis affair they told him is a matter of stateLet us sort it out, your people are hungryVincent said no thanks, we know how to wait From little things big things growFrom little things big things grow Then Vincent Lingiarri returned in an aeroplaneBack to his country once more to sit downAnd he told his people let the stars keep on turningWe have friends in the south, in the cities and towns Eight years went by, eight long years of waitingTill one day a tall stranger appeared in the landAnd he came with lawyers and he came with great ceremonyAnd through Vincent's fingers poured a handful of sand From little things big things growFrom little things big things grow That was the story of Vincent LingairriBut this is the story of something much moreHow power and privilege can not move a peopleWho know where they stand and stand in the law From little things big things growFrom little things big things growFrom little things big things growFrom little things big things grow


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  • Banjodog 7 years ago

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    I REALLY liked your page here. It fits well with what I am doing in Aboriginal Spirituality and history. Thank you for sharing it.