Throughout Australian history, there have been men and women who fought for the entitlements of the indigenous people. The most respected and recognised of these is Eddie Mabo, a Torres Strait Islander. Mabo stood up for the rights of his people from a very young age all the way to his death, in order to generate changes in the policies and laws of the government. Mabo battled for his right to own the land which he had inherited from his adoptive father, a fight which was resolved only after his demise. Despite this, Eddie Mabo became one of the key influential figures in the Aboriginal rights movement, as his strong will, determination, and intelligence allowed him to bring about change.
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The court case to give the land on Murray Island back to the original, indigenous owners outlived Eddie however, as he passed away in 1992 after an extensive fight against cancer.
Throughout his life, Mabo was the victim of many setbacks and faced many obstacles. The first of these was his banishment from Murray Island, as he had to fight for survival from a young age, fending for himself at 16. This, coupled with society’s racist views at the time, made growing up very difficult for him. Because racism was still prevalent at the time, obtaining work and