Mabo v State of Queensland
Queenslanders grew up hearing the name Eddie Mabo. Many of us recall the land rights case which took 10 years to resolve and included a trial heard by Justice Martin Moynihan in the Supreme Court of Queensland, 27 February 1986. The High Court ruling was handed down in 1992.
Mabo Day is celebrated each year in June. 2017 marked the 25th anniversary of the High Court of Australia's ruling recognising traditional ownership of the land in the Torres Strait.
Did you know the John Oxley Library has documents pertaining to this case? They include:-
Three bound volumes regarding the determination of a reference from the High Court of Australia of the factual issues raised in the action by Eddie Mabo and others - prepared by Justice Moynihan. (No. B12 of 1982 in the High Court of Australia). Volume 1 (227pp), Volume 2 (58pp). Volume 3 (146pp). John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Australia.
Transcript of proceedings...in the High Court of Australia between Eddie Mabo, David Passi, James Rice...and the State of Queensland Proceedings for 28-31 May 1991, 3 June 1992, and 8 December 1992.
OM95-26 Mabo Cutting Books 1990-1994 - (2 vols.) 23 Nov 1990 - 21 Oct 1994
The Selden Society hosted a lecture on the subject of Mabo v the State of Queensland as part of the 2016 lecture series. Leading Cases of the Common Law — Mabo v State of Queensland (No 2) (1992) 175 CLR 1 presented by The Hon Margaret White AO.
Selden Society website.
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