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On the 23rd August in 1966, the Gurindji people walked off Lord Vestey's Wave Hill station, the largest cattle ranch in the world at the time, over 5,000 sq miles. It was the start of the longest strike in Australia's history. The strike lasted 7 years.
It is very important, because, although the strike was initiated over wages, conditions and treatment of the aboriginal workers (According to a Northern Territory inquiry report in 1922 and talking about Vestey -'It was obvious that they had been ... quite ruthless in denying their Aboriginal labour proper access to basic human rights'), it became apparent that it was also about land rights. It became the first land rights claim to get the land back into the hands of it's traditional custodians and out of the hands of those who were granted rights by a government that had no right to be granting those rights (if you are watching Australian current events right now this may sound a little familiar).
There should be a great Australian movie to tell this history. We certainly never learnt about it in school when I was a child. It is a story with heroes and villains aplenty, communists and British aristocracy, unionists and death threats.
You can read details of the strike in Wikipedia - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gurindji…
Frank Hardy also wrote a book called 'The Unlucky Australians' which I recommend.
The Gurindji fight is also the inspiration for a wonderful song written by Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody -