Thomas Mayo

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Thomas Mayor is a Torres Strait Islander man born on Larrakia Country in Darwin.

He is the author of Finding the Heart of the Nation and Finding Our Heart as well as Freedom Day: Vincent Lingiari and the Story of the Wave Hill Walk-Off (with Rosie Smiler) and editor of the collection Dear Son: Letters and Reflections from First Nations Fathers and Sons, all published by Hardie Grant.



A dream that cannot be denied

GR OnlineSoon after the walk-off, the protest became much more than a claim for equal wages. The modern-day Gurindji dream, so reasonably proposed, was that they would live on their land, their way. They dared pursue a dream of a new relationship with broader Australia – one where Gurindji and kartiya could live as mates.

When the heart speaks

Non-fictionWHEN I TOLD my six-year-old son I was writing a book that would be titled Finding the Heart of the Nation, he asked me, ‘Where is the heart of the nation?’ I pulled him close, put my hand on...

Where truths collide

EssayI AM SITTING forward, in nautical terms, looking astern at my awa, who is guiding us through reefs and straits on a moonless night. Above him are stars like phosphorescence in the squid-ink sky. Around his silhouette I see phosphorescence like stars in our small dinghy’s wake. I’m a young man excited to be going night-spearing for kaiyar, the painted crayfish.

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