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Eddie Koiki Mabo

Category: People
Date: 1 January 1936
Sub Category:Native Title Applicant
Summary Information:
Edward Koiki Mabo was born in 1936 on the island of Mer, one of the Murray Islands, which are located at the eastern extremity of the Torres Strait. In June 1992, six months after his death, Mabo achieved national prominence as the successful principal plaintiff in the landmark High Court ruling on native land title. The High Court ruling, for the first time, gave legal recognition to the fact that Indigenous land ownership existed in Australia before European settlement and that, in some cases, this land tenure was not subsequently extinguished by the Crown.

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  • Meriam People
  • Case Law
  • Mabo v Queensland [No 2] (1992) 175 CLR 1 - Native Title Claimant
  • Mabo v Queensland 166 CLR 186 (8 December 1988) - Native Title Claimant

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