Albert Wiggan is an inspiration.
A traditional owner and Bardi-Kija-Nyul Nyul man from the Dampier Peninsula of Western Australia, he’s also an Indigenous ranger and sees himself as a translator between Western science and Aboriginal teachings. “I feel part of both worlds,” the 38 year old says.
His knowledge and love for nature led him to fight the government’s plans for the world’s largest LNG gas export terminal at James Price Point (a vital marine sanctuary, home to songlines and dinosaur footprints). Albert lobbied the Supreme Court and fronted a blockade until the developer withdrew from the project.
On this episode of Talking Australia, Albert discusses his concerns for the future of the Kimberley and how the entire nation can benefit from the region – without extraction and potential devastation of one of country’s most pristine areas.
This episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Chrissie Goldrick (Editor-in-chief at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).
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On This Day
Remembering the Indigenous resistance fighter determined to maintain Aboriginal traditions by resisting British rule.
Today’s Google Doodle illustration pays respects to the Aboriginal lands rights activist.
History & Culture
One hundred photos of Australia’s Freedom Ride – the now historic 1965 campaign that protested discrimination against indigenous Australians – have been discovered in the archives of the State Library of NSW. Led by one of the first indigenous students at the University of Sydney, Kumantjayi (Charles) Perkins, the Freedom Ride was a bus tour of western and coastal NSW communities that received intense media coverage at the height of the ’60s indigenous civil rights movement. Put together by Sydney University’s Student Action for Aborigines (SAFA), the ride protested continued differences in indigenous and non-indigenous rights in Australia – particularly exclusion of indigenous people from using public places like the Bowraville Picture Theatre, the Walgett RSL and the Moree Baths. The historic photos were captured by photographer and journalist Noel Hazzard from The Tribune – a newspaper run by Communist Party of Australia – who spent one week in Moree and in nearby Walgett on the Freedom Ride. The images are now showing for the first time in an exhibition at the State Library of New South Wales called: Freedom Ride ’65: Unpublished photos from The Tribune Archive.
On This Day
Early 20th century indigenous inventor David Unaipon, who graces our $50 note, became known as the ‘Australian Leonardo da Vinci’.