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Mabo 25 years on: How much do we know about the man behind the legend?

American journalist and author Mignon McLaughlin once wrote:

Society honours its living conformists and its dead troublemakers.”

  • RN – By Luke Pearson for Awaye!
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It’s a poignant and powerful quote when it comes to how history celebrates prominent heroic Indigenous Australians — considered troublemakers in their day, honoured after their passing.

But how do we honour their achievements?

What facts do we choose to impart through history?

Places. Dates. Facts and figures. This is what makes it into the history books. Statues, plaques, paintings and…

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