Gough Whitlam pours sand into Vincent Lingiari's hand

Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture

The Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture commemorates the Wave Hill Station walk-off led by Vincent Lingiari with his Gurindji people and other groups in August 1966 – a significant act by those involved as it was a catalyst for Aboriginal people, not only in the Northern Territory but across Australia, to have their rights to traditional lands recognised and for those lands to be returned.

The Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lectures, established in 1996, have included presentations by Sir William Deane (1996), Gough Whitlam (1997), Galarrwuy Yunupingu (1998), Patrick Dodson (1999), Malcolm Fraser (2000), Brian Manning (2002), Linda Burney MP (2006), The Honorable Fred Chaney AO and Associate Professor Sue Stanton (2007), Kev Carmody (2008), Joe Neparrŋa Gumbula and Associate Professor Gracelyn Smallwood (2009), Megan Davis (2010), Professor Marcia Langton (2011), Dr. Chris Sarra (2012) and Sir Tipene O’Regan (2014).

Image courtesy Robert Wesley-Smith.

19th Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture (2019)

Hon Ken Wyatt OAM

This year’s lecture was delivered by the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, who was this year appointed as the Minister for Indigenous Australians, making him the first Aboriginal person to hold the federal ministry, and the first Aboriginal person to sit in cabinet. In 2010 he was also the first Indigenous person elected to the House of Representatives

Minister Wyatt is a Noongar man, and as the son of a Stolen Generations member, he has worn his culture proudly throughout his time in Parliament, and in his maiden speech he wore a traditional kangaroo-hide cloak of the Noongar people, and paid tribute to his mother, who died before the National Apology to the Stolen Generations.

He has had an extensive career in health and education and has made an enormous contribution to the wider community in training and mentoring young people. This was recognised in 1996 when he was awarded the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. In 2000, he was awarded a Centenary of Federation Medal for ‘his efforts and contribution to improving the quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and mainstream Australian society in education and health’.

CDU proudly hosted the nineteenth Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture, a significant tradition of this University, to commemorate the Anniversary of the ‘Wave Hill Walk-Off’, and as part of the Gurindji Freedom Day Festival events.

Access the lecture recording below.

Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture archives

Charles Darwin Univeristy became the sole custodians of the Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture in 2007.  Transcripts and/or recordings from 2007 to the present are currently available below.

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2007 - 2018