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Edward Koiki Mabo:
His Life and Struggle for Land Rights

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Originally published by UQP in 1996, this new edition has been updated by Mabo’s long-time friend, historian Noel Loos. New photographs and a preface by esteemed film director Rachel Perkins give this book the new life it deserves.

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‘He was in the best sense a fighter for equal rights, a rebel, a free-thinker, a restless spirit, a reformer who saw far into the future and far into the past.’ Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen, plaintiffs’ barrister in the Mabo litigation

Here, largely in his own words, is the incredible story of Edward Koiki Mabo, from his childhood on the Island of Mer through to his struggle within the union cause and the black rights movement. Tragically, Mabo died just months before the historic High Court native-title decision that destroyed forever the concept of terra nullius.

Originally published by UQP in 1996, this new edition has been updated by Mabo’s long-time friend historian Noel Loos. New photographs and a preface by esteemed film director Rachel Perkins give this book the new life it deserves.

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Noel Loos

Professor Noel Loos teaches the history of black-white relations in Australia at James Cook University in Townsville. He has conducted close research into Aboriginal mission history, frontier conflict, the place of Aborigines in colonial society, and the evolution of government policies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people. In the 1970s he pioneered the development of teacher education programs in Queensland for Aboriginal and Islander people. Professor Loos has published widely on indigenous history and politics, including: Invasion and Resistance; Aboriginal-European Relations on the North Queensland Frontier 1861-1897 (1982); Succeeding Against the odds: Townsville’s Aboriginal and Islander Teacher Education Program (1989); and Indigenous Minorities and Education: Australian and Japanese Perspectives of their Indigenous Peoples, the Ainu, Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (1993). A Friend of Koiki Mabo for 25 years, Professor Loos edited Edward Koiki Mabo: His Life and Struggle for Land Rights, which was published by UQP in 1996