Day 345: Appin

Day 345: 8am


Day 345: 9am


Day 345: 9.30am


Day 345: 10.30am

[Admin Toby] This time last year was the 50th Anniversary of the Wave Hill walk-off, which is commemorated every year by a festival at Kalkaringji and Daguragu. This video clip captures the parade on the path of the walk-off, concert and fireworks to a live edit of ‘From Little Things, Big Things Grow’.

On the 23rd of August Vincent Lingiari led the workers and families to walk off Wave Hill station and begin their seven-year strike. Initially, a strike against work and living conditions, it soon became a long campaign for the return of thier most sacred lands.

In 1967, Gurindji petitioned the Governor-General, claiming 1,295 km² of land near Wave Hill. Their claim was rejected. While Dagaragu would eventually become the first cattle station to be owned and managed by an Aboriginal community, today known as the Murramulla Gurindji Company, it took many years before the Gurindji achieved this.

In 1969 the Liberal-National CountryCoalition government was given a proposal to give eight square kilometres back to the Gurindji. Cabinet refused even to discuss the issue.

In support of the walk-off there were demonstrations and arrests in southern Australia and many church, student and trade union groups gave practical and fundraising support to the Gurindji struggle.

Vincent Lingiari, Billy Bunter Jampijinpa and others toured Australia, with the support of workers’ unions, to give talks, raise awareness, build support for their cause and have meetings with major lawyers and politicians. Frank Hardy recalled at a fundraising meeting, a donor gave $500 after hearing Vincent Lingiari speak. The donor – who said he had never before met an Aboriginal person – was a young Dr Fred Hollows the eye surgeon.

Hardy also records Pincher Manguari as saying:

“We want them Vestey mob all go away from here. Wave Hill Aboriginal people bin called Gurindji. We bin here long time before them Vestey mob. This is our country, all this bin Gurindji country. Wave Hill bin our country. We want this land; we strike for that.”

In 1975, the Labor government of Gough Whitlam negotiatiated with Vesteys to give the Gurindji back a portion of their land. This was a breakthrough in the land rights movement in Australia.

“I want this to acknowledge that we Australians have still much to do to redress the injustice and oppression that has for so long been the lot of Black Australians.”

The handback took place on 16 August 1975 with Whitlams speach and the famous gesture of pouring sand into Vincent’s Lingiari’s hand.


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Day 345: 10.30am


Day 345: 11.30am

Just got giving a possuim skin to wear to Canberra from the elder’s of Mittagong town. It look beautiful, amazing an it a honour to wear it. They giving it to me to wear it until I finish the walk off and I when I finish the walk i we’ll give it back to the elder’s in Mittagong. Thank you guys so much for this.


Day 345

Our start to the day to our lunch break in Appin. 22nd. – Noonie


Day 345: 12.30pm

[Admin Toby] Update: Clinton is approaching Mittagong today. 👣🐾

One of the buses will shuttle people from Campbelltown between where he is, and each camp site for the night. ⛺️

And the rules on the bus go round and round 😀🚌🎶 Pick up’s are along the main road only. No drugs or drinking – elders and children are priority 👍


Day 345: 12.30pm

[Admin Luke] Hey all, Admin Luke with a quick reminder that we’re still trying to raise enough funds to cover the cost of bringing the Admin Team and Uncle Noel over to join Clinton in Canberra!

We’ve almost made it all the way to our goal, just $1460 to go!!

That said, we’re also considering adding an extra $500 to help bring Clinton’s lady across to join us too..

What do y’all think of that idea?

Send your donations now to help make it happen!

#ClintonsWalk


Day 345: 3pm


Day 345: 4pm


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After lunch through the Pass to the end of out day. – Noonie


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Day 345: 4pm


Day 345: 6.30pm

When you got little supporter and kids who look up to you as a hero to them. Also on top dress up like you and going to walk with you when you walk into Canberra. How cute is this little man. Thank you Danielle M Baxter for sending me this picture of your boy.


Day 435

Our day on the 22nd of August, another enjoyable day in paradise. – Noonie

Days 164 & 165: Visiting Port Augusta

Day 164: 8.30am

Here today with the mayor of Port Augusta Sam Johnson to see if the council can support the walk and support the march over the bridge when I get into Port Augusta. The best thing is the council of Port Augusta is going to support the walk and support the walk over the bridge. Also the mayor told me that him and the council group will be joining us and going to walk with us when we march over the bridge


Day 164: 5.30pm

Had a busy day as well at the Port Augusta police station to talk to them about supporting our walk and help out by escorting us when we march over the bridge in Port Augusta. The Port Augusta police have said yes and would love to help us out and would love to help escorts us over the bridge. They said to us that some of they police officer would love to walk over the bridge with us to. Having police office marching with us over the bridge when we march how cool is that  this walk get better and better


Day 165: 8am

Noonie, Brett, Clinton and Garry

[Admin Luke] REMINDER: This round of Clinton’s Walk T-shirt orders must be in by close of business Friday if you want yours to be shipped with the next batch, to arrive in homes during March!

Support the walk and spread the word at the same time!

Shirts now say 2016-17 and contain a little something else on them too.


Day 165: 10am

Here today at the Port Augusta high school to see the high school kids and talk to them about my walk. Also talk to them about if they what to be some think in this world you can be it. It only talk you to believe that all


Day 165: 2.30pm

Enjoying the day at the Port Augusta high school. Talking with the kids and talking with the teacher  on top having a big lunch with everyone to.


Day 165: 5pm

Chilling this after noon at the radio station Umeewarra radio 89.1fm talking about the walk and how much I learn and seeing sin being on the walk  I see if they can play a song for me this afternoon  But I like to say to all you mob out there stay deadly👍


Day 165: 6pm

When I look at my self I cannot believe how much of a strong and proud Aboriginal man that is walking across this country right now for justice. I well stand up for my people, my culture and my country. I well fight for any one who live here on my ancients land. I want to see change for our future as a multicultural country. I’m not a shame for who i’m, but I get worry about the future for my people and my people culture an lore.

The time for change need to happen but right now with a corporate government who run this country. They well keep on stopping us for what we want. If we ever going to save our culture, we must unity with other culture people who not original inhabitants. The more number we got they well fear that and they cannot stop us. When we come together as one, we can get want we what. Unity has come forward and time for change is here and now. Let make this happen together we can do this.

Days 123 & 124: Mimili Community

Day 123: 8.30am

This was a few days ago just before I lost my phone. – Noonie


Day 123: 9.30am

This is were I lost my phone, we were diging a ramp to pull the trailer up and out, I felt something in side the leg of my pants, it was a 100mm ( cenapeed ?) It was crawling up the pants, when I put my hand on it I felt the boby on my leg, so getting it out was on my mine ! The phone was given bact to myself this morning by the police, thankyou to the people who handed it in. Thankyou. – Noonie

We were bogged then unhooked the trailer, got a flat tire ,broke the jack and then had to get the trailer out with the snatch rope worst day so far but alls well. – Garry


Day 123: 4.30pm

[Admin] Timesheets page has been updated!

New State! New Map!

Matagarup to Marla: over 2,500kms so far!


Day 123: 6pm

Hey guys quick update. Just letting you know the car is fix and we are ready to go to get back into the walk again. But before we start the walk again towards port August way. The team and I have decided today that we should visit one more APY community call MiMili. Mimili community is about 100km west from Marla roadhouse it is where APY women council group is. I have decided that I should see the APY women council group and have a meeting with them before I head south.

I have had meeting none stop with a lot of man group in community on this walk and had meeting with some of the women group. But this is a time where I can set down and listing and understand the APY elderly women council group from the central desert on what they want for they people and understand what is need done in APY community in the central desert. It is also about asking the APY women council group from the central desert to get support for the walk. I be having a meeting Tomorrow with APY women council group and Elders in MIMIli community.


Day 123: 7pm

The Mimili Community, the car gets a good reception, with Clinton talking to the Community people. The sun set and the moon rise is on top of rock hills around the Community. I was ready to walk down after the sun set, when I turned around and the moon was half up, it reminded me of the moon at Uluru. I like this journey. – Noonie


Day 123: 7pm

Look at where we staying for tonight in Mimili community. APY community have being so nice and helpful at think we need. We also got Foxtel to  never watch foxtel seen we left Perth.


Day 124: 7pm

Mimili – Garry


Day 123: 7.30pm

The one think I have notest out in community is the way how my people look after the wildlife and do what best to help save animals like horse, dingo and other animal you can name in Australia. We as a people of the land who been living here for 100,000 years love taking care of it and know what need to be done to help the land and wildlife it self.

PS this baby horse was all a long out in the Bush not far from the community. So the women group got together and when out to save this baby horse and do what best to help other wild life who need help out in the desert area.


Day 124: 8pm

Tonight from Marla Bore roadhouse. – Garry

(Pics) These Guys… Part 2

The kids at North Albany Senior High School are following Clinton’s Walk for Justice in class! Their awesome teacher sent us these brilliant pics! Clinton loves inspiring the next generation.


Awesome video by Delphine Hayley Jametbikeco.


 

Clinton’s Walk for Justice
By Lynda Nutter October 2016

Clinton’s Crossing
A Nyungah man is walking cross Australia
A Nyungah, Clinton Pryor is his name
This south-west man is walking now for justice
He’s travelling and calling for a change

He’s walking from Perth across to Canberra
He’s walking, to get a message through
You might not know it ….
You might not know him…
But he’s walking Australia for you too

You might think a Nyungah walking in the out- back
Could hardly make a scratch upon a wall
But first week he got a phone call to say sorry
That the “Sorry” said had made no change at all

And as leader spoke to leader on the cell phones
The sun rose higher in the sky
A Nyungah man is walking his country
Walking proud… .and asking why

A Nyungah man is walking Australia
He’s one of the willing and the few
They’re walking all the way to Canberra
Where politicians do…. what they do

He’s gathering the stories of his people
And listening to the stories of the land
Sending out a daily record on his face book
So people in the city understand

Exposing the failures in the system
Learning of the sorrow and the pain
The growing list of promises broken
The struggle, always struggle with no gain

A Nyungah man is crossing Australia
And calling for a right to the wrongs
For an end to injustice and the failure
To find a way that we can all belong

A Nyungah Man is walking this country
He’s walking to get a message through
You might not know it ….
You might not know him…
But he’s walking Australia for you too.

Sometimes days without a signal
Solid road becomes dirt track
But TV News and film crews
Are now crossing the out-back

To Leanora, Laverton,
And Warburton as well
And Clinton’s walk for Justice
Is the story that they tell

He’s walking in the heat of the desert
Through the centre and on past Uluru
You might not know it ….
You might not know him…
But he’s walking Australia for you too

To be continued….