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For the first time since the equal pay ruling of the 1960s - which virtually wiped out the jobs of Aboriginal stockmen on properties in the north - there are serious moves to bring Aboriginals back into the pastoral industry.

Story John Dunn Photos John Dunn and Steve Strike

Back in the saddleIn a small park alongside the Stuart Highway, in the tiny settlement of Mataranka, 457 kilometres south of Darwin, Northern Territory, stands a sculpture of an Aborigine on horseback, sitting easily in the saddle with a white shirt tucked into his blue trousers and a wide-brimmed hat shading his head and a bright red scarf loosely tied around his neck. This colourful and life-like artwork, by Adelaide artist Yvonne Dorward, represents a national icon - the Aboriginal stockman. It depicts a figure that was once not only a common sight in the outback, but was also an integral part of the pastoral industry.

Mataranka Council erected the sculpture in 2000 as a tribute to these indigenous horsemen who, with their wonderful natural abilities and superb understanding of the land, played a huge part in the establishment and development of this nation's cattle country. Story end

Full story Issue 34 April/May 2004

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