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Series ID20407
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TitleExhibits Relating to the Crown's Defence - Mabo and Ors v the State of Queensland and the Commonwealth of Australia (No. 2)
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Start Date 20/5/1982
End Date 3/6/1992
Date Statement 20 May 1982 to 3 Jun 1992 are the official start and end dates of the Mabo No 2 Court case; however, some background/historical records are dated from 1595. There is often no indication regarding when exactly these copies were made.
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Exhibits used re Mabo v Queensland and the Commonweatlh of Australia by the Solicitor General's Office and the Crown Solicitor's Office for purposes relating to the Crown's defence.

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Exhibit 80 items are arranged in three sets (red, blue and green), and by volume number within each set. All volumes have an index to documents at the front.
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Agency IDTitleFromTo
7339Solicitor General's Office II 20/5/1982 23/10/1989
8782Crown Solicitor's Office III 23/10/1989 1/5/1991
8783Crown Law (Department of Justice and Attorney-General) 1/5/1991 3/6/1992
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Access Category100 Years
Access ProcedurePermission to access restricted material by responsible agency
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Agency ID: 8620
Department of Justice and Attorney-General (II)
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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,
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Series ID 20407, Exhibits Relating to the Crown's Defence - Mabo and Ors v the State of Queensland and the Commonwealth of Australia (No. 2)
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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