Vincent Lingiari

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  • Vincent Lingiari Birth

    Vincent Lingiari Birth
  • World War 2 Attack on Australia

    World War 2 Attack on Australia
    The first Air Raid attack on Australia during World War 2 occurred in Darwin, it was bombed by Japanese Aircraft killing around 235 people.
  • Wards of the State

    Wards of the State
    Aboriginal People in the Northern Territory are made wards of the State.
  • Vietnam War

    Vietnam War
    In 1960 Australia commits troops to the US war in Vietnam
  • Workers Walk off Wave Hill Station

    Workers Walk off Wave Hill Station
    Around 200 Gurindji stockmen, house servants and their families initiate strike action at Wave Hill station. The Gurindji community, led by Vincent Lingiari, walk off the station as a protest against the work and pay conditions, and land rights. The strike is supported by several non-Indigenous people, including unionists.
  • Symbolic Shift of Camp

    Symbolic Shift of Camp
    The Gurindji move their camp 20 kilometres to Daguragu (Wattie Creek). This is a symbolic shift away from the cattle station and closer to the community's sacred sites.The community seeks the return of some of their traditional lands to develop a cattle station. A key statement in the document is, 'We feel that morally the land is ours and should be returned to us'.
  • Neil Armstrong Walks on the Moon

    Neil Armstrong Walks on the Moon
    Neil Armstrong is the first man to walk on the moon. One small for man, one giant leap for mankind.
  • Original Lease Overturned

    Original Lease Overturned
    The original Wave Hill lease is surrendered and two new leases are issued: one to the traditional owners through their Murramulla Gurindji Company and another to Vestey Brothers.
  • Birmingham Pub Bombings & Parliament House in London

    Birmingham Pub Bombings & Parliament House in London
    In 1974 the IRA planted bombs in Parliament House in London & pubs around England. Bombs in Guilford and Woolwich killed 6 people and injured many more. This new campaign was to have a horrific climax when bombs went off without warning in two Birmingham pubs – 19 people were killed and 182 were injured.
  • Whitlam meets Vincent Lingiari

    Whitlam meets Vincent Lingiari
    Prime Minister Gough Whitlam goes to Daguragu and ceremonially pours a portion of Gurindji land into Vincent Lingiari's hand with the words, "Vincent Lingiari, I solemnly hand to you these deeds as proof, in Australian law, that these lands belong to the Gurindji people".
  • Land Rights Enter Law

    Land Rights Enter Law
    The Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act is passed, the first legislation allowing for a claim of land title if the Indigenous claimants can provide evidence of their traditional relationship to the land. The Gurindji strike is instrumental in heightening the understanding of Indigenous land ownership in Australia, and is a catalyst for the passing of the Land Rights Act.
  • Vincent Lingiari is named a member of the Order of Australia

    Vincent Lingiari is named a member of the Order of Australia
    On 7 June 1976, Lingiari was named a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to the Aboriginal people. The story of Lingiari was celebrated in the song "From Little Things Big Things Grow".
  • Chernobyl Disaster

    Chernobyl Disaster
    On April 25 and 26, 1986, the worst nuclear accident in history unfolded in Chernobyl as a reactor at a nuclear power plant exploded and burned.The world realised that it was witnessing a historic event. Up to 30 percent of Chernobyl’s 190 metric tons of uranium was now in the atmosphere, and the Soviet Union eventually evacuated 335,000 people, establishing a 19-mile-wide “exclusion zone” around the reactor.
  • Vincent Lingiari Death

    Vincent Lingiari Death
    Throughout the strike, Lingiari maintained a quiet dignity. He was appointed AM in 1976. In his later years, he became frail and almost blind. Survived by his wife, Blanche Nangi, whom he had married tribally, and their six sons and two daughters, he died on 21 January 1988 at Daguragu and was buried with traditional honours.