court case Robert hardy Paterson versus Indinji tribe - facts and findings

Sarah Addo made this Right to Information request to Queensland Solicitor-General

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Dear Queensland Solicitor-General,

I believe that between 1976 and 1978 Robert hardy Paterson Senior, was residing in Yarrabah at the time of a court case he was involved ( believed to occurred between time frames mentioned above.) The Local Aboriginal Land Act was what we believe the court case was in reference to. We also would like any reference to other cases that were conducted under the Local Government Aborigines Land Act,
At that time we did not have the rights or education to follow the complex legislation that governed us. Hence we need support in our difficulties to get answers for the oral history that our elders are claiming .
We believee Kunggandji Gurrabuna People,& Robert Patterson Senior, won a case before the Aurukun Nation (Wik) did o0n 22 May 1978.
Please excuse our difficulties of no knowing file numbers etc but we are now trying to take control of our lands and our communities.
We believe that this court case happened between time frames mentioned and that Mr Patterson had versed the Yidinji? Indinji nation, in which he proved that the Kunggandji Gurrabuna People were found to be the first Aboriginal nation to occupy ing the eastern coastal areas, know as Cairns and Yarrabah.

We urgently humbly request that these documents be accessible to the Kunggandji Gurrabuna Kimuy People to advise the Australian Federal Government

Yours faithfully,

Sarah Addo
Authorized Person
Kunggandji Gurrabuna Kimuy People & Respondent to the Native Title Court matter for Cairns, Australian Federal Court

Susan Chrisp,

Good morning Sarah, I have forwarded your request onto our departments
Right to Information Area in accordance with our department’s policy.  The
contact details for this area are:


[1][email address]

P: 3227 7618
F: 3006 5929
Level 17 State Law Building
50 Ann Street Brisbane


I trust they will be able to assist with your enquiry.




Susan Chrisp

Executive Director

Ph: (07) 323 90344  |  [mobile number]

Crown Law, State Law Building, 50 Ann Street, Brisbane Qld 4000

[2][email address]  |  [3]


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Good afternoon Ms Addo,


I am unsure if this Department would be the relevant one to assist you
and/or if we would still hold documents from 1976/1978.  It is also
difficult to ascertain if the matter was dealt with at State level or
Commonwealth level.


I have been advised that you should contact the State Archives in the
first instance to see if the research area could assist.  Their contact
details are: Email: [1][email address]   Telephone: (07) 3037
6777 or Post: PO Box 1397, Sunnybank Hills, QLD 4109 


The other possible source of information would be the Supreme Court
Library.  Their contact details are:  Website:
[2], Telephone: 07 3247 4373, Email:
[3][email address]  


I hope this information is of assistance.


Thank you




Trish Gainey

Senior Administration Officer (Quality Assurance)

Right to Information and Privacy

Department of Justice and Attorney-General


P 07 3227 7618 (ext 77618)

F 07 3006 5929

E [4][email address]

GPO Box 149, Brisbane, QLD, 4001

    “Respect, Camaraderie, Professionalism”





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