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Freedom Day

Vincent Lingiari and the Story of the Wave Hill Walk-Off

Thomas Mayor Rosie Smiler Samantha Campbell



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16 August 2021

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- One of the most iconic images of Gough Whitlam's prime ministership shows him pouring a handful of sand into the cupped palm of Gurindji man Vincent Lingiari. This book, written by Vincent's granddaughter along with Thomas Mayor (Finding Our Heart) tells the events that led up to that stirring moment. First she tells of the Gurindji living on Country before kartiya (white people) arrived, how a white man  moved onto their land without consultation and how the Gurindji began to starve, were captured and enslaved to work on the cattle station. When Lord Vestey bought the lease decades later, it got worse. A sad story so far, but then (the storyteller says) the next part is about hope. It is of how Vincent led the famous Wave Hill Station walkoff, how unionists assisted them, and how nine long years went by before the land was returned to the Gurindji. But not the end of the story, because Aboriginal voices still need to be heard... Samantha Campbell's strongly coloured illustrations complement this powerful and proud narration. It is very heartening that these important stories are told for primary school-aged readers in such an accessible form. It neither shies away from the hard aspects of our shared history, but it also doesn't dwell on them, instead looking forward to us all walking together. It is a very important book, one all readers should have.  Lindy

When many voices are joined together, with courage, change can happen.

In 1966, more than two hundred courageous Aboriginal people walked off the Wave Hill Cattle Station in the Northern Territory. Led by Vincent Lingiari, these stockmen and their families were walking together to fight for equal pay and land rights.

Exquisitely illustrated and designed, this non-fiction picture book brings a landmark historical event to a new generation. Many people have seen the iconic photograph of Gough Whitlam pouring a handful of red soil into the hands of Vincent Lingiari - a symbol of the legal transfer of Gurindji land back to the Gurindji people - and recognise this as a key moment in the ongoing land rights movement. Freedom Day delves into the events that led up to this moment, and makes a rallying cry for the things that still need to change in its wake. Thomas Mayor co-authors this book with Rosie, Vincent Lingiari's granddaughter, to bring this vital story to life. The story has been written in close consultation with the Lingiari family.
 freedom day Vincent Lingiari and the Story of the Wave Hill Walk-Off by Thomas Mayor Rosie Smiler Samantha Campbell

By:   Thomas Mayor, Rosie Smiler
Illustrated by:   Samantha Campbell
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 300mm,  Width: 260mm, 
ISBN:   9781760508562
ISBN 10:   176050856X
Publication Date:   16 August 2021
Recommended Age:   From 5 to 99 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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