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It’s been a very special month for the Mabo family with a successful Mabo Day Festival at Jezzine Barracks on Saturday and now a posthumous award honoured to Eddie Mabo at yesterday’s Queensland Day celebrations.
Indigenous land rights activist, the late Eddie Koiki Mabo famously campaigned for Indigenous land rights which led to a landmark decision in the High Court of Australia 25 years ago on 3 June 1992. The decision overturned the legal term of terra nullius ("nobody's land") which then recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples had rights to the land.
The Mabo Day Festival was attended by thousands including NBA player Patty Mills and musician John Butler. The day was full of special moments including one of Eddie’s young great grandkids unexpectedly jumping on stage with John Butler to sing along with his song ‘Kimberley’.
At yesterday’s Queensland Day celebrations Eddie’s granddaughter Hannah accepted the award on behalf of her grandfather.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said “Eddie Mabo has become an important icon for reconciliation and his legacy continues to be relevant for all Queenslanders to this day.”
For more information about the Queensland Day awards and previous recipients click here.