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.

18th Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture (2018)

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Ms Josie Crawshaw delivered the 18th Annual Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture at Charles Darwin University on Wednesday, 15 August 2018.

In her lecture titled: ‘The right for Australia’s First Peoples to be self-determining requires a collective mind shift’ Ms Crawshaw reflected on the impact of the Wave Hill strike had on a high point in Australia’s history - the 1967 referendum - and shares the story of her Gurindji mother’s –Nawurla’s advocacy, persistence and resilience informed her own life’s work.

Josie provided a critical analysis of policy conceptualisation and identifying meaningful structural reforms that recognises First Nations Peoples in Australia’s Constitution, and pose the question of "Can a modern Australia recognise the rightful place of its First peoples of this country as a collective responsibility of all Australians to again say YES?"

The event was held at CDU’s Casuarina campus amphitheatre and was free and open to the public. Read more about the event.

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 - 2017