9th Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture 2008

Acclaimed Indigenous singer songwriter, Kev Carmody presented the 9th Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture at Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) Casuarina campus on Saturday, August 16, 2008.

Mr Carmody, best known for co-writing with Paul Kelly the iconic song “From Little Things Big Things Grow”, which traces the events of the Wave Hill Station walk-off and is solidly canonised in Australian protest-song culture.

The 2008 lecture, entitled “Song, Story, History”, was given by Mr Carmody using guitar, music and storytelling.

The annual 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, marking a catalyst for Aboriginal people across Australia to have their rights to traditional lands recognised and for those lands to be returned.

The 2008 Lingiari Memorial Lecture was held at CDU’s Casuarina campus in the Mal Nairn Auditorium, Saturday 16 August at 7pm.

The lecture was part of celebrations for the 7th Annual Symposium on Indigenous Music and Dance held at the University from 16-17 August 2008. The Symposium brought together Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers and performers from across Australia.