Vincent Lingiari – Savvy Leader of the Wave Hill Station Walk-off

Warning for Aboriginal People
Vincent ‘Tommy’ Lingiari’s leadership of the Gurindji people at the time of the Wave Hill Station walk-off in 1966 was a major contribution to the Australian Aborigines struggle for justice and land rights.

Vincent Lingiari - Gurindji Leader

Vincent (Tommy) Lingiari AM
13 June 1908 – 21 January 1988[1]

For some 60,000 years these people had successfully managed themselves and their land, an area in the upper reaches of what is now called the Victoria River, some 600 kilometers south of Darwin. Then the first white settlers arrived in the 1880s with huge numbers of cattle. The lives of the Gurindji people would never be the same again.Continue reading