Mabo Case on Mer Island, 1989
This collection of photographs includes images of Mer Island residents and the official party of the Supreme Court who travelled to Mer Island on 23-25 May 1989 to take testimony in the ‘Mabo v Queensland’ court case, a landmark case that eventuated in the High Court of Australia's decision in 1992 to recognise native title in Australia.
Mrs Patricia Smith presented the photographs to Justice Moynihan in an album in 2012. They include aerial views of Mer Island, site visits, garden plots and adjacent seas and the court hearing in progress and six photographs by photographer, James McEwan. Acc 29122
Mabo family collection
This collection includes shirts worn by Eddie Koiki Mabo and his extended family, many of them containing personal messages of support for the Mabo struggle, Mer Island culture and the successful Mabo High Court case.
Among the textiles are silkscreens used by Dr Bonito Mabo AO, wife of Eddie, to print her designs and publications including a corflute poster for Mabo Day 2017 and an information pack for the inaugural Eddie Mabo Memorial Lecture and Dinner in 2002. Also included is the Mabo family's annotated copy of Margaret Lawrie's publication 'Myths and legends of the Torres Strait'. Acc 32825
Margaret Lawrie Collection of Torres Strait Islands 1964-1998
Margaret Lawrie travelled to the Torres Strait between 1964 - 1973, often staying for months at a time. During her visits she recorded family histories and stories told by people. The research and cultural history of the Torres Strait formed the basis of two publications - "Myths and Legends of Torres Strait" (1970) and "Tales from Torres Strait" (1972).
The Margaret Lawrie Collection was added to UNESCO's Australian Memory of the World Register in 2008. The collection of transcripts, audio recordings, photographs, art works, slides and stories were donated to State Library of Queensland in 1996. TR 1791
Ministerial visit to Mer Island
Mabo Cutting Books, 1990-1994
The Cutting books ( 2 vols) in this collection date from 23 Nov 1990 - 21 Oct 1994. They were compiled by the John Oxley Library and include newspaper clippings and articles referencing the "Mabo" Aboriginal land claim debate, Aboriginal land rights and the Native Title Act. Acc 95-260
Podcast - "Hi, I'm Eddie"
2022 Australian Podcast Awards winner for the 'Best Indigenous Podcast' category.
Join Rhianna Patrick and listen to the six episodes of Hi, I'm Eddie, a podcast commissioned by State Library of Queensland in recognition of the Mabo v Queensland 30th anniversary and the overturning of ‘terra nullius’ on Mer (Murray) Island in the Torres Strait in 1992.