Edward koiki mabo a meriam man from the island of mer murray island in the torres straits was a key plaintiff in a land rights case in the high court of australia today referred to as the mabo case. Edward koiki mabo 1936 1992 torres strait islander community leader and land rights campaigner was born on 29 june 1936 at las on mer in the murray group of islands queensland the fourth surviving child of murray islands born parents robert zesou sambo seaman and his wife annie poipe nee mabo. Edward koiki mabo 1936 1992 original hand drawn maps and diagrams of various portions of land boundary markers etc 1981 1992 nlagovau nlacat vn878792 background information in 1992 a decade long legal battle over indigenous land rights came to an end. From eddie mabos sense of personal injustice and from the stubborn refusal of murray islanders to accept the european version of australias history has sprung a challenge to the legal basis of the european settlement of this country in legal circles it is known as the mabo case and it has been fought for 10 years
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