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15 June, 2021

Dauar Islanders celebrate Mabo achievement

YESTERDAY (June 14) marked the 28th anniversary of Dauar Day, which is when Dauar Island was returned to its people as part of the Mabo Case.

the owners pictured with carved statue of a sea turtle

The Mabo case was a historic landmark indigenous land rights case, which was won by Eddie Mabo on June 3, 1993.

Mackay Local James Tapim, who is of Dauar Island descent, explained Eddie Mabo, who was from the Dauar Clan like him, fought for 10 years.

He said he celebrated the day with his friends, which involved traditional games, food, songs and dancing!

“It’s just another day that we can celebrate together as a family, brings young and old. Wr try to share it with the wider community,” Mr Tapim said.

“Alot of us get involved – different intermarriages from different clans and tribes. It’s open to anyone and everyone.

“We try to showcase our culture down south. It’s celebrated right through Murray and Dauar Island.”

Mr Tapim said everybody who celebrated the day dressed traditionally and enjoyed sharing their culture.

However, he explained the day was not very well known and said he enjoyed promoting the day.

“We try to put it out there and try to get everyone involved,” He said.

“We’re starting off slowly, every year we try to make it bigger and bigger and more support.

“At the moment, we do it off our own backs and whatever support we get from the community.”

To mark the occasion, the owners of  Sarina  Freechoice Tobacconist   donated a carved statue of a sea turtle. 

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