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Remembering Koiki and Bonita Mabo, pioneers of Indigenous education


Turnbull, P, Remembering Koiki and Bonita Mabo, pioneers of Indigenous education, Mabo's Cultural Legacy, Anthem Press, Bischoff Eva, Rododera Geoffrey (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 326. ISBN 9781785274244 (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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Twenty-six years have now passed since Australia’s High Court recognised the continuation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples rights of ownership and free enjoyment of their ancestral lands. Prior to 1992, land laws enacted by the British parliament and subsequent Australian legislatures were grounded in the presumption that the British Crown acquired sovereignty over the continent of Australia and its coastal islands by occupation (or settlement) of terra nullius - land without existing owners. This is not to say that British and Australian governments ignored the presence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. On the contrary they acknowledged the longevity of Indigenous occupation and land usage, but they held that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples did not have forms of social organisation that enabled the exercise of sovereignty and thus forms of title to land which under English Common Law that the British Crown was obliged to recognise.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Indigenous history, human remains, repatriation
Research Division:History and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical Studies
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Heritage
Objective Field:Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage
UTAS Author:Turnbull, P (Professor Paul Turnbull)
ID Code:138129
Year Published:In Press
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2020-03-26
Last Modified:2020-06-22

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