"I was just standing there looking at the country - I had a bit of tears in my eyes."

9th Sep 2020

The Federal Court has handed Gurindji traditional owners native title rights over Wave Hill station, the birthplace of Australia's Aboriginal land rights movement.

The Gurindji people were promised their land back in 1975 when then-Prime Minister Gough Whitlam poured soil from the station into Mr Lingiari's hand.. but they only gained a pastoral lease to a part of the station before obtaining land rights to another 3000 square kilometres in 1986.

The native title rights of the families of the other Indigenous landowners who followed Gurindji leader Vincent Lingiari in the walk-off have also been recognised.

Josef Jagamarra Eggers speaks with Mathew Elgy....the great-great grandson of Vincent Lingiari.