From Little Things Grow Poem Analysis

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The song “From Little Things Big Things Grow” is a song written and released in 1991 by Paul Kelly and is a song about the protest from the Gurindji people and Vincent Lingiari during their argument about land rights at Wave Hill station in August 1966.

The Gurindji strike at Wave Hill station was an revolutionary incident that occurred in August of 1966 at Wave Hill station in the Northern Territory. On the eponymous date in 1966, Vincent Lingiari, a spokesman for the Gurindji people, led his fellow Gurindji compatriots and walked off their worksite and began a seven year strike. The strike was first assumed to be a strike by the Gurindji people about conditions and pay upon the station but it was quickly realised it was something far more important, Vincent and the Gurindji people wished to be given their land back, including Wave Hill station.

In the end, Vincent Lingiari and his people achieved the goal they had set out to achieve after 8 years of strike action. In 1975, prime minister Gough Whitlam handed the land belonging to the Gurindji people back to Vincent Lingiari and his people and the strike led to the Aboriginals Land Right Act passed by the Whitlam government in 1975. Whitlam was quoted as saying this about the handover “On this great day, I, Prime Minister of Australia, speak
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The photo shows the “transition of land” ceremony that took place in 1975 in which prime minister Gough Whitlam placed sand, from the land of which wave hill was based, into the hand of Vincent Lingiari and thus ended the tribulation of the Gurindji people and finally gave them their land back. The photo was captured by Melvyn Bishop and is iconic in Australia, especially amongst aboriginal peoples and sits proudly in the nations capital of Canberra in old Parliament

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