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Theme: Encounters

Artist: Mervyn BISHOP
Birth/Death: 1945

Title: Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours sand into the hands of traditional landowner Vincent Lingiari, Northern Territory

Credit Line: Purchased 1994 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Mervyn Bishop was born in Brewarrina, New South Wales, in 1945. Bishop's position as photographer for the Department of Aboriginal Affairs placed him in a unique position to document Aboriginal life and political activism Australia-wide. He was present in 1975 when Prime Minister Gough Whitlam handed back, with a symbolic pouring of sand into Vincent Lingiari's hand, the 2,500 sq km Wave Hill lease. Lingiari accepted it on behalf of the Gurindji people.

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