The Powerhouse acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the ancestral homelands upon which our museums are situated. We respect their Elders, past, present and future and recognise their continuous connection to Country.

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 …