Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History

The Strike That Became a Land Rights Movement: A Southern ‘Do-Gooder’ Reflects on Wattie Creek 1966-74

Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History (1997), 72, (1), 50–65.

Abstract

In August 1966 a group of Aboriginal people working for the Vesteys-owned Wave Hill Station in the Northern Territory went on strike. By the end of the ‘Wet’ in April 1967 it had become clear to sympathetic observers of the action that the strike had turned into a land rights claim. Over the ensuing years, until 1975, many non-Aboriginal people joined the Gurindji in their fight for their land. This article combines historiography and personal reminiscence to reflect on some aspects of that non-Aboriginal support.

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Riddett, Lyn A.

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