Vincent Lingari

Vincent Lingari

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Vincent Lingiari, Leader and Elder of Gurindji people head stockman ay Wave Hill cattle Station. Lingiari was described as a quietly spoken, dignified, non-violet, but very strong willed and determined man. He could not read or write, but he was a natural leader (Guile. 2010. P.8). He felt the injustice of the Europeans taking traditional Gurindiji land and was determined to get it back. Lingiari was fearless in standing up to cattle station bosses and was very clever at gaining support for his land rights. (Albert. T. 2009. p.16) “We want that Vesty mob to go away from here. To go away from here and never come back. Go where they came from. This been Gurindiji country. All this is Gurindji country” (Vincent Lingiari 1966).
At Wave Hill cattle station, managed by the Vesty Pastoral company, many of the workers were Indigenous Australians who had been treated unfairly for years and their living and working conditions were appalling. The Company made huge profits by paying indigenous workers flour and beef instead of money (Guile. 2010. P.8). Indigenous families at Wave Hill liven in iron huts with dirt floors and no lights, running water or toilets. There were no schools or health clinics (Thompson. L. 1990 p.103) Billy Bunter Jampijinpa was 16 at the time of the walk out. About living conditions at Wave hill cattle station he said “ We were treated just like dogs…we lived in time humpies [shelters] you had to crawl in and out on your knees… The Vestey’s mob were hard men. They didn’t care about blackfellas.” (Sydney Morning Herald, 19 August 2006). In 1966 Vincent Lingiari requested the Wave hill cattle station manager Tom Fisher to pay indigenous stockmen the equivalent as the other workers. Fisher Refused (Guile. 2010. P.8)....

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