"WE SWEAR BY THE SOUTHERN CROSS TO STAND TRULY BY EACH OTHER AND FIGHT TO DEFEND OUR RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES."
Gurindji Freedom Day commemorates Fiftieth anniversary of the Wave Hill walk-off
Amongst the thousands of people who commemorated the historic Wave Hill walk-off this week were some of the original participants and descendents of the Gurindji stockmen, domestic hands and family members. In 1966 they walked-off the Wave Hill station to protest against the appalling wages, working and living conditions that the British Vestey company enforced on them.
However this protest became more than a civil rights struggle and developed into a fight for the return of traditional Gurindji land. After a nine year strike the Gurindji won back some of their land, saw the beginning of a number of land rights acts for other Indigenous nations and inspired the Aboriginal Land Rights movement.