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KALKARINGI COMMUNITY IN MOURNING

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THE Kalkaringi community is mourning the loss of prominent Territoria­n Mr J Wavehill, who passed away on Wednesday.

Mr Wavehill was one of the last survivors of the crucial land rights movement Wave Hill Walk Off.

Northern Land Council chairman Samuel Bush-Blanasi

said Mr Wavehill would be remembered as a leader and advocate for Aboriginal people and their rights. “Mr Wavehill was an enormously important man in the land rights struggle,” Mr Bush-Blanasi said.

Mr Wavehill’s death came two days after the 55th anniversar­y of the momentous protest that is now firmly entrenched in Australia’s history, lore and evolution.

Renowned for his great yarns and good humour, Mr Wavehill was a devoted family man, cultural aficionado and a passionate advocate for his people. “We have lost a hero of the land rights movement and a true friend,” Mr Bush-Blanasi said.

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