Description: These papers document some of the native land title claim launched in 1982 in the High Court by Eddie Mabo, Celuia Mapo Salee, Sam Passi, David Passi, and James Rice (the Plaintiffs) against the State of Queensland and the Commonwealth of Australia (the Defendants), commonly named "Mabo and Ors v Queensland (No. 2)".
This series contains the documentary evidence that was submitted for the case in the form of exhibits and includes: Historical works re initial contact on the Islands and activities thereafter; Professor A.C. Haddon's anthropological expedition to Murray Island in the 1890s; various papers/official Government documents and annotated photocopied articles recording past dealings with land portions on the Islands (eg. order in councils, law reports, court cases, proclamations, correspondence, acts and regulations); analysis of Murray Island Court decisions); plaintiffs' documents, and annexures (genealogy tables, maps, drawings, diagrams, plans, photographs of the Murray Islands and the portions claimed).
-There are duplicate or triplicate copies of some items within this series. Many papers are annotated by various Crown Counsels (however,the particular author of the annotations is not always stated/clear).
- IMPORTANT: Some files such as genealogies, personal histories, Murray Island Court records, etc. may contain ADOPTION or sexual offences information.
- Exhibit 80: These items consists of five sets of copies of historical records (bound in red, blue and green volumes) dated 1595-1986. The red volumes (Vols P1-P13) contain correspondence between the Governor of Queensland and the Secretary of State for the Colonies 1859-1909. The blue volumes (Vols 1-12) contain historical records of sea voyages, exploration, settlement, etc. from 1595- 1980. The green volumes (M1-M16) also contain historical records relevant to the Colony of Queensland, Aboriginal and Islander inhabitants, etc. 1786-1986. Some of the volumes have annotations or some passages are highlighted. Most records in these volumes are copies of original records held at Queensland State Archives,