Vincent Lingiari

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Vincent Lingiari

By Gabrielle Metua


Lingari and others sent a petition to the Govenor General Lord Vestey for 500-6,000 miles of their original and traditional land back. This land had been leased to make the Wave Hill Cattle Station. Because the Aboriginal men were not educated they had to put down their thumbprints instead of signatures. Vincent was persuaded by 2 men who were members of the Northern Territory Council for Aboriginal rights to make the petition.

The strike that changed historyThis incredible strike lasted 9 years. The walk-off started as a protest for better pay but soon became one of the most obvious declarations for land from an Aboriginal in history. Once the Gurindji had walked off the Wave Hill Cattle Station they slept at the bed of the Victoria River then soon moved to Daguragu a water hole known to non-Aboriginies as Wattie Creek. The reason the Wave Hill Walk off began was because Aborignies were tired of being 'treated like rubbish.' This strike seemed simple but it was one that symbolised too much for words!The Gurindji were offered many things like new houses but they stayed exactly where they were buntill they had their land. THis strike began in 1966 and finished in 1975. "We want to live on our land our way"- Lingiari, 1966.

Vincent Lingiari

By Gabrielle Metua

Land giving

Land Giving and deathIn 1975 Prime Minister Gough Whitlam poured the local soil into Vincent Lingiari's hands, this symbolised that the Gurindji had their land back. After nearly a decade of persistance the Gurindji people finally had what they wanted, what they faught for. Lingiari became frail and almost blind in his later years, he died in Daguragu in 1988 and was honured traditionally during the burial.

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Daguragu (Wattie Creek)

Victoria River

From Little Things Big Things GrowFrom Little Things Big Things Grow is a song that describes the struggle in which the Gurindji went through to get their land. The song was written by artists Paul Kelly and Kev Carmondy it was written in the 1980's. Lingiari is remebered and honoured in this song.

A closer look at Vincent LingiariLingiari was a very soft man who showed a relentless passion for his land and his race in a time where Aboriginals were struggling on their own land. Throughout out Vincent's life he has proved himself a very strong and inspirational leader and he has never failed to show his dignity.Lingiaris achievements should and will always be remembered in Australian History as a major turning point. Because of all of the influential and important things Vincent has done he has unquestionably earned and kept his title as one of the greatest Aboriginal leaders!


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