Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture
The Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture commemorates the Wave Hill Station walk-off led by Vincent Lingiari with his Gurindji people and other groups in August 1966. A significant act by those involved; it was a catalyst for Aboriginal people, not only in the Northern Territory but across Australia, to have their rights to traditional lands recognised and for those lands to be returned.
Author, union official and advocate for the Uluru Statement from the Heart, Thomas Mayor, will deliver the 21st Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture in 2021.
Thomas Mayor’s keynote address will discuss what we can learn from the historic 1966 Wave Hill Station Walk-off led by Vincent Lingiari and if his mob’s goal to live on the land on their own terms was achieved, or was thwarted by a hostile Government of the time.
He will talk about the lessons from the past, the relevance of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and in particular the proposal for a constitutionally enshrined Voice, and the reason why Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and broader Australia have overwhelmingly supported that campaign.