Group of aboriginals met to mourn loss of land rights
February 12, 1965
On the 12th of February 1965, a group of students from the University of Sydney, inspired by the US 1961 Freedom Rides, toured through regional towns to show Australia the experience of Aboriginal Australians.
May 27, 1967
On the 27th of May 1967, a law was passed to include Aboriginals and Torres Strait islanders on the census.
Racial Discrimination Act
October 31, 1975
The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 was a statute, which made racism in Australia unlawful.
Land Rights Conference
In August 1981, Eddie Mabo attended a conference on land rights at James Cook University. This was the start of the 10 year battle against the Queensland government on Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander land rights.
Eddie Mabo's Death
January 21, 1992
On the 21st of January 1992, Eddie Mabo passed away due to cancer at the age of 55.
Overturning Terra Nullius
June 3, 1992
The High Court announced the overturning of the legal doctrine of Terra Nullius.
Native Title Act
The Mabo decision lead to the native title act, for the purpose of "claiming and recognising native title lands and waters in Australia".
The Wik Case
December 23, 1996
On the 23rd of December 1996, the High Court decided that native titles could only be extinguished by a law or an act of the Government.