I have come here to tell the Parliament about the land rights. Influenced by Daniels and the film actor Robert Tudawali (both members of the Northern Territory Council for Aboriginal Rights), and by the writer Frank Hardy, Lingiari was happy to add his voice to the emerging cause of 'land rights'. On 23 August 1966, tired of the Aborigines being 'treated like dogs' in their own country, Lingiari led two hundred of his people, employees of Wave Hill station, with their families, in a 'walk-off'. Vincent Lingiari, a Kadijeri man, was thrust into public life when he led the Gurindji people off Wave Hill station in 1966. land rights “And then women were given the vote, and then African-American people were given civil rights, and then LGBTQ people were given permission to exist, and everything was absolutely fine and now there’s no badbadbad sexism or racism or homophobia any more, let’s have ice-cream, hooray!”. mile (9065 km²) Vestey-owned cattle station, Wave Hill, established in 1883 by Nathaniel Buchanan. "It's just joy and emotional, and everyone's enjoying it," he said. . Grace Amos needs your help with “TO THE HONOURABLE TEACHER MRS S.STEWART: Vincent Lingiari's significant contribution to Aboriginal Land Rights and Society”. The Gurindji people, their allies and the FCAATSI all waited and worried and worked their arses off for years on end. Vincent Lingiari, a Kadijeri man, was thrust into public life when he led the Gurindji people off Wave Hill station in 1966. This website contains names, images and voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In late 1966, the Northern Territory government offered a 125% pay rise if the strikers would return to work. TO THE HONOURABLE TEACHER MRS S.STEWART: Vincent Lingiari's significant contribution to Aboriginal Land Rights and Society, This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google. Lingiari, who had been elected as a spokemen by his peers, led the Wave Hill workers off the property on a strike. It’s still taking a long time now, and it will be generations before things will really be sorted out, if they ever can be. They refused, and continued to resist even when threatened with cutting off their food supplies and/or forcible eviction from the Daguragu camp. It would still take a long time to address all the bad things that had been done to Indigenous Australians. Throughout the strike, Lingiari maintained a quiet dignity. Encouraged by Brian Manning and a Roper River Aboriginal man, Dexter Daniels, both of the North Australian Workers Union, he demanded better pay and rations, and protection of the Aboriginal women. He was one of the first Aboriginals to stand up and protest for their land rights. In March 1973 the newly elected Whitlam government reached an agreement with Lord Vestey to lease 3236 square kilometres of Wave Hill station to the Gurindji people for 'residential and cultural purposes and to depasture stock'. And when she finally did, she learned the story not from books or teachers, but from a song performed by her favourite folk band*. Initially, the supporters saw the strike action through the prism of their own experiences, and believed that it was simply about agitating for higher wages. Among other things, the petition said simply: “We feel that morally the land is ours and should be returned to us.”. "This alliance is about us joining forces and communicating amongst each other and trying to push against this industry," Alliance member Nicholas Fitzpatrick said.