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Mabo - Life of an Island Man

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The Mabo Decision was a turning point for the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' rights, acknowledging unique Ancestral connections to country; and challenged Governor Bourke's 1835 Declaration of Terra Nullius - the notion of no-man's land.

Mabo was the key plaintiff of the 'Mabo case' which successfully challenged the notion of Terra Nullius as the basis for Crown ownership of his homeland - Mer (Murray Island) - and whose 1992 High Court verdict recognised the …