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No ordinary judgment : Mabo, the Murray Islanders' land case / Nonie Sharp. (1996)

Authors: Sharp, Nonie., Informit
Publisher:Canberra, ACT : Aboriginal Studies Press,
  • There are 131 copies of this book in other libraries
  • and 132 copies of this specific edition.
Also Titled:
  • Informit Indigenous Collection.
  • Nerut orwair orwair amiraret: Mabo, a Mer Lera ged asared
  • No ordinary judgement
  • Sharp, Nonie.
Content Types:
  • text
Carrier Types:
  • volume
Physical Description:
  • xxv, 290 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • This is the inside story of the Mabo case, a unique court drama where rights and interests previously unknown to Anglo-Australian law came to be recognised by the High Court of Australia. In far north-east Australia lie the homelands of the Meriam, a dynamic seafaring, fishing and gardening people. They explained in court, often eloquently, how their 'cultural way' retains a fidelity to distinctive principles while also accommodating new ideas and techniques. In the name of Meriam law they also defended their right to land passed between generations by the spoken word. Their right to land carries with it a moral and practical responsibility to other Meriam and to the land itself. Meriam culture, often diminished in the hearing of evidence, has an original contribution to make to future Meriam, to the rest of Australia and to the world. In exploring the role of native title in the reshaping of Australian identity, some of the deeper questions of cultural diversity and self-determination are identified.
  • Describes how the Meriam people demonstrated the existence of customary land tenure in the Murray Islanders to the Australian courts; Meriam culture; Malo's law; relationship to land; inheritance of land; history; includes chronology of the Mabo case 1981-1992, chronology 3 June 1992 to 3 June 1995 on native title legislation in Australia.
  • Bearers of Cultural Change
  • Of Silences and Secrets
  • Rights of a Kind Unknown to English Law
  • My Father Gave Me all the Rights and Every Responsibility
  • If You Want To Be a Real Murray Islander You Follow Malo's Law
  • Hearsay or Traditional Evidence?
  • Assimilation or Basic Continuity?
  • A Trial of Truth: Outcomes
  • Two Categories of Land Law: The High Court
  • The Sea: Within the Compass of Native Title
  • Native Title in the Reshaping of Australian Identity
  • Glossaries
  • Index.
  • More...
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  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-284) and index.
  • Bibliography; p. 265-284; Includes index; Maps on lining papers.
Other Form:
  • Online version Sharp, Nonie. No ordinary judgment. Canberra, ACT : Aboriginal Studies Press, 1996
  • English
  • 0855752874 (pbk.) :
Dewey Number:
  • 346.9404/​32
  • 346.9430432
Libraries Australia ID:
  • 11738202
  • 11738202
  • 42555643
  • 42555643
Contributed by:
  • Libraries Australia

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