BISHOP, Mervyn

In March 1967 striking Aboriginal pastoral workers changed political history by extending a demand for equal wages to a declaration of their rights of ownership of traditional lands. This became one of Australia�s first successful land claims by its indigenous people. In this photograph Mervyn Bishop captures the moment when the country is symbolically handed back to Vincent Lingiari, one of the traditional land owners of Dagu Ragu (Wattie Creek), by the Prime Minister of the day, Gough Whitlam.
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into hands of traditional landowner Vincent Lingiari, Northern Territory 1975
BISHOP, Mervyn