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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 Bow Hills Police Station : Mounted Constable MacDonald
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'Two Aboriginal men had killed a bullock at  pigeon Hole. The Pigeon Hole manager saw the bones and reported the two men. MacDonald, the policeman, was summoned and brought the two men from Pigeon Hole to Bow Hills Police Station. They were made to walk the eighty kilometres behind MacDonald's horse, chained together by their necks. They were then chained to a bloodwood tree at Bow Hills Police Station, again by their necks, like dogs. Unbeknownst to MacDonald, one of the prisoners found a horse nail on the ground and tried to pick the lock holding the chain around the other prisoner's neck. But the horse nail broke inside the lock and jammed it.'  (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. 201
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