Classroom Photo Mural Initiative

A key action as part of the Melbourne Law School’s Reconciliation Action Plan is to consider and implement options that would give prominence and due recognition to Indigenous law and jurisprudence in the Melbourne Law School (MLS) building.

The purpose of the initiative is to locate the long (and important) history of lawful relations between Indigenous People and their legal systems and the Anglo Australian legal system. This initiative will introduce Aboriginal legal histories – as an encounter – into the teaching spaces. The idea is to have a constant presence – through the placement of selected images – that engages the students to know a different legal relationship with Indigenous Peoples, nations and laws; and how that should influence how they conduct themselves within their studies and subsequent practice. The teaching space where the images are to be located – regardless of the topic being taught – will give rise to questions around particular histories, law/s and lawful relationships to the land on which we teach and learn.

MLS is dedicated to Indigenous recognition and reconciliation; it intends to enhance the profile of Indigenous cultures within the MLS building, and aims to increase the visibility of Indigenous presence and clearly communicate the value the Law School places on Indigenous perspectives.

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This website may contain images or names of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased.

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INSTALLATION OF MABO PLAINTIFFS AND WITNESS WITH THEIR LAWYER, SUPREME COURT OF QUEENSLAND, MAY 1989.  L TO R: FATHER DAVE PASSI, EDDIE KOIKI MABO, BONITA MABO, BRYAN KEON-COHEN, JAMES RICE, EDDIE MABO JNR & HENRY KABERE AT MELBOURNE LAW SCHOOL.

INSTALLATION OF A GROUP OF ABORIGINAL MEN AT CORANDERRK STATION, HEALESVILLE.
IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER: THOMAS AVOCA; THOMAS BAMFIELD;  WILLIAM BARAK (SECOND ROW, THIRD FROM LEFT); CHARLES CABLE; MOONEY CLARK; JOHN COGIE; THOMAS GILMAN; LANKY GILMORE; JOHN LOGAN; BENJAMIN ‘LANKY’ MANTON; EDWARD MCLENNON; THOMAS MCLENNON; SAMUEL ROWAN; FREDERICK STEWART; JOHN TERRICK; RICHARD WERDURUM AT MELBOURNE LAW SCHOOL.