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This week marks 20 years since the establishment of the blockade camp at Jabiluka in Kakadu National Park. The Mirarr people, led by senior traditional owner Yvonne Margarula, called on activists from around the country to join them on their land to protest against the construction of a uranium mine by Energy Resources of Australia. In one of Ausralia's largest environmental protests, more than 5000 people participated in the blockade over eight months, during which 530 people, including Margarula were arrested. But they won when the Mirarr people were given the right to veto mining at Jabiluka. "It's finished business," Margarula was reported as saying, "The country is at peace and I am very happy."

Image: Megan Kinninment

Published: 8 April 2018


Forgotten Territory was a weekly photo column of historic images in the Northern Territory News which I curated from 2016 until 2019 supported by the collections of the Northern Territory Library and other cultural institutions around Australia, as well as local history Facebook groups. 

Click on the images to read the story behind the image.

Warning: May contain images of people who have died.

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