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Galarrwuy Yunupingu Galarrwuy Yunupingu i(A107487 works by) (a.k.a. Galarrwuy Yunpingu; James Galarrwuy Yunupingu)
Born: Established: 1948 Yirrkala, Gove Peninsula, East Arnhem Land, Arnhem Land, Top End, Northern Territory, ;
Gender: Male
Heritage: Aboriginal Yolngu people ; Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Gumatj
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BiographyHistory

In his early years, Galarrwuy Yunupingu attended Mission School at Yirrkala and for a two-year period he moved to Brisbane to study at the Methodist Bible College, before returning to Gove in 1967. Yunupingu entered the struggle for land rights in the early 1960s with his father Mungurrawuy, who as Gumatj clan leader, fought and lost the battle to stop a bauxite mine operating on his land. Yunupingu was his father's interpreter throughout the historic Gove land rights case in 1971.

After his father's death in 1979, Yunupingu, a well-respected member of the wider community, became a very prominent leader and strong voice on behalf of Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory and Australia. He was Chairman of the Northern Land Council from 1977-2004 and in 2001 was elected as co-chair of the Aboriginal Development Consultative Forum in Darwin.

His honours include Australian of the Year (1978), the Order of Australia (1985), and an honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) from the University of Melbourne.

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Personal Awards

2015 conferred Honourary Doctor of Laws degree (HonLLD (Melb)), The University of Melbourne
2013 winner National NAIDOC Awards Lifetime Achievement Award
1998 Australian National Living Treasure
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