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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 Further Information Relating to the Kookaburra Incident
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'This story of the search for the Kookaburra was recorded in 1979 by Norm McNair. On board the ill-fated aeroplane had been the pilot Flight Lieutenant Keith Anderson and mechanic RS Hitchcock. The plane disappeared after it left Mice Springs on 10 April 1929. Anderson and Hitchcock are reported to have died of thirst several days after their emergency landing in the north-east Tanami semi-desert, and were spotted apparently lifeless from the Qantas plane Atalanta by Pilot Lester Brain, who knew the area well. Michael Terry describes meeting Lester Brain at Jervois Range in 1929, five months after the event. Brain told him that he had sighted a thick plume of smoke which showed the location of the aeroplane and missing crew who had died.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Yijarni : True Stories from Gurindji Country Erika Charola (editor), Felicity Meakins (editor), Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press , 2016 9469367 2016 selected work prose Indigenous story

    'On 23 August 1966, approximately 200 Gurindji stockmen and their families walked off Wave Hill Station in the Northern Territory, protesting against poor working conditions and the taking of their land by pastoralists. Led by Vincent Lingiari, this land-mark action in 1966 precipitated the equal wages case in the pastoral industry and the establishment of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. While it is well known that the Walk Off was driven by the poor treatment of Aboriginal workers, what is less well known is the previous decades of massacres and killings, stolen children and other abuses by early colonists. Told in both English and Gurindji, these compelling and detailed oral accounts of the events that Gurindji elders either witnessed or heard from their parents and grandparents, will ignite the interest of audiences nationally and internationally and challenge revisionist historians who question the extent of frontier battles and the legitimacy of the Stolen Generations. ...' (Source: AIATSIS website)

    Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press , 2016
    pg. 154-156
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  • Daguragu / Kalkaringi / Wave Hill, Victoria River area, Central Northern Territory, Northern Territory,
  • 1929
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