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1975: Return of Wave Hill Station, NT to the Gurindji People

16 August All day

Perhaps you are familiar with the iconic photograph of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pouring soil through Vincent Lingiari’s hand when leasehold title for Daguragu (known as Wattie Creek) was transferred to the Gurindji people on 16 August 1975?

Paul Kelly’s song From Little Things Big Things Grow tells the story of the Wave Hill walk off and the Gurindji’s struggle for title to their land. An exhibition at the National Museum of Australia took its title from the song. Photographs from the exhibition and the lyrics of the song can be viewed here.