MABO - Film Screening

MABO - Film Screening

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Posted 2021-05-02 by Jenfollow

Thu 03 Jun 2021


Eddie Koiki Mabo was born on 29 June 1936 in the community of Las on the island of Mer in the Torres Strait. He married Bonita Nehow in 1959 at age 23 and settled in Townsville, Queensland, where they raised 10 children. He became a spokesperson for the Torres Strait Islander community and was involved with the trade union movement and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advancement League.

He also helped to found the city's Aboriginal and Islander Health Service and co-founded and directed the Townsville Black Community School. In 1974, while working as a groundskeeper at James Cook University, he discovered that what he regarded as his people's traditional land was actually owned by the Government, which led him to challenge land ownership laws in Australia.

In celebration of Reconciliation Week , you're invited to the FREE screening of MABO on Thursday 3 June 2021 from 6-9 pm ACST at Wallis Cinema Mount Barker, 17 Adelaide Rd, Mount Barker. Register to secure your seat to the story of one of Australia's national heroes, who despite leaving school at 15, spearheaded the High Court challenge that once-and-for-all overthrew the fiction of terra nullius. Terra nullius is a Latin term meaning land belonging to no one.

British colonisation and subsequent Australian land laws were established on the claim that Australia was terra nullius, justifying acquisition by British occupation without treaty or payment. This effectively denied Indigenous people's prior occupation of and connection to the land. MABO tells of the deep love between Eddie and Bonita and their partnership that fuelled the unflagging fight to change the face of Australia forever.

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