He was born on this date in the Torres strait islands.
He starts to work on the railways, he is promised good pay.
Mabo engaged in active community service in the spheres of politics, trade unions, Indigenous Australian rights and services, and public events.
He made a speech in a Land rights conference in the James Cook University about the land ownership on Mers Island.
Mabo opened his case challenging the concept of terra nullius.
The federal government ruled in favour of Mabo which challenged the concept of terra nullius. This happened 5 months after his death.
He died of cancer in 1992, the legal case partially affected his health.
The Australian Newspaper recognise Mabo as the Australian of the year in 1992
The native title bill was passed but the Senate in 1993. This gave Aboriginals right to their land.
In the Wik People case, the High Court decides that native title is not necessarily extinguished by the grant of a pastoral lease.