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Dadaynga 'Roy' Marika

1931 to 1993

Dadaynga Marika was the youngest surviving brother of Mawalan, the highly regarded leader of the Rirratingu people of north-east Arnhem Land.

He gave testimony to the select committee inquiring into the grievances of the Yirrkala people when they learned that the Commonwealth government was in negotiation with a mining company wanting to mine their land.

He was a signatory to the bark petition which asked the federal government to consult with the Yolngu people over their traditional lands before it leased them to mining companies.

Later Dadaynga took a key role in negotiating with Nabalco over the mining of bauxite on Yolngu land. He formed a strong relationship with Nugget Coombs of the Council for Aboriginal Affairs.

He was awarded an OBE in 1971 for services to his people.

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