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Larrakia petition to the Queen

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Title: Larrakia petition to the Queen
Date: 1972
Content creator: 1000 Larrakia community members
Keywords: Aboriginal history, Aboriginal peoples, Aboriginal land rights, petitions, activism, Gwalwa Daraniki, Larrakia, Kulaluk, McMahon
Record creator: Office of Aboriginal Affairs
Reference: A2354, 1973/86

Larrakia petition to the Queen, 1972

Larrakia petition to the Queen, 1972

Larrakia petition to the Queen, 1972


(Petition Page 1)

Gwalwa Daraniki!

This is Our Land

The British settlers took our land. No treaties were signed with the tribes. Today we are REFUGEES.

Refugees in the country of our ancestors. We live in REFUGEE CAMPS – without land, without employment, without justice.

The British Crown signed TREATIES with the MAORIS in New Zealand and the Indians in North America.

We appeal to the Queen to help us, the Aboriginal people of Australia.

We need land rights and political representation now. SIGNED:

Learning content

This set of three images shows the petition to Queen Elizabeth II organised in 1972 by the Larrakia people of the Kulaluk area (near Darwin) in the Northern Territory. The first image shows the damaged three-metre-long petition signed by hundreds of Aboriginal people appealing for help to achieve land rights and political representation. The second and third images show in close-up the top of the petition containing a hand-printed statement of its argument, and the first page of signatures and thumb prints.

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