Friday, 2 June 2017

Mabo Day: June 3rd 2017, 25th Anniversary

Saturday June 3rd, 2017, will mark 25 years since the Mabo decision was handed down by the Australian High Court. James Cook University and the Library and Information Services pay respect to the achievements of our alumni Eddie Koiki Mabo, and both his and the other Mer Islander plaintiffs and their families. We hope everyone has great day.

Mabo Day marks the end of Reconciliation Week which starts May 27th on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referedum.You can see what the library holds in relation to these significant dates, including items held in our Special collections.

 In Townsville several Mabo Day and Reconciliation week events will be occurring including an event at Jezzine Barracks at the Strand, and events at Upper Ross. The week following Townsville also hosts the Native Title Conference. All of this is fitting considering that Eddie Koiki Mabo was a long term resident of Townsville and surrounds.

Don't forget the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library has on display until June 12th, its annual Art Exhibition, celebrating the naming of the building after the man.

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