There'll be no epitaphs for Pearl

In copperplate upon a stone

No funeral of State or trace

Of civic honor to remark

Her passing though her feet have trod

The Halls of Justice haunting God

And man and woman child and fool

Who makes the Nation's Law a tool

Of massacre and hate

Injustice, land theft tortured fate

Befall the rightful heirs their sons

Must fall to strychnine and the guns

The last descendants to imprisonment

The will negated, overthrown

The phantom killer called the Crown

By Acts repeals the Right

Of victims of its conquering lusts

And holds the land by might.

Yet in some far off distant land

A Royal Seal a trembling hand

May moved by conscience still repeal

Infamous Acts and heed appeals

Before a Falkland comes

A Cuban Syria Red war drum

Sounds to the thieves 'retreat'

And prophets, patriots standing forth

Shall speak as Pearl did for the worth

Of life and justice for her race

Somewhere somehow to reach the heart

And soul of death's white face.


Kevin Gilbert paying homage to Pearl Gibbs

Latest Papers

The working papers collection comprises historical papers as well as current ideas and works in progress on some of the major issues and topics of our times.

I Just See Life: A Conversation with Alex Podolinsky, 2006 (released 8 May 2020)
This conversation with Alex Podolinsky was never released. I can't remember whether it was Alex or I that felt it needed a bit more work. Now Alex is no longer with us I feel it is important to release it as it conveys something of his philosophy. Alex had a profound influence on Australian agriculture and he held true to Steiner's original biodynamic principles that were lost in Europe and had to be re-imported. He is sorely missed.
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Milliya Rumara: Reflections and Homage, 30 Years On (released 28 March 2020)
“Bran Nue Dae” is kriol, pidgin spelling. There were so many different nationalities aboard the pearling luggers of late nineteenth and twentieth century Broome that a dialect had to emerge. Not only did a dialect emerge but so too did a unique cultural creativity that was busting at the seams to talk about justice, life and freedom. That is what is at the heart of Bran Neu Dae, perhaps Australia’s greatest musical ever written to date.
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Working Papers 2006-2020 (released 18 January 2020)
Bushfire reflections on fourteen years of working papers, reports and writing.
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Stephen "Bamba" Albert (1950-2019): Patron Saint of Broome (released 18 January 2020)
Stephen “Bamba” Albert was a giant on whose shoulders we are all carried.
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Ancient Future: The "Kakadu Plum" Story, Food and Knowledge from Aboriginal Australia for the Twenty First Century (released 7 January 2020)
Kakadu plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana) which is known as gubinge, madoorr, madoorroo (Bardi), garbiny (Yawuru), kabinyn (Nyul Nyul), marnybi (Wadeye), nghul nghul, manhmohpan, murunga (East, Central, North East Arnhem) \äṉ’ka-bakarra (North East Arnhem) and colloquially “billy goat plum”, has come, correctly, to be labelled, as a `’super food` but it is much more than that.1 Of all Australian native fruits the chemistry of the kakadu fruit and tree has multi-various therapeutic and bio-active applications for world food, medical, bio-security, beauty, health and manufacturing industries. For the many Northern Aboriginal worlds this borum (bush fruit) symbolizes a strength, vitality and healthfulness of an ancient world that for the first time, the modern world, has come to recognise and seeks in great quantities.
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My Island Home - the origins (released 27 September 2019)
In 1995 Mrs. P. B. Burarrwaŋa and the students of Gatirri School, Mata Mata illustrated a song that she and her nephew George had written and reflected on. It was all about their homeland and the life they led in North East Arnhem land and the islands of the Arafura sea.
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Just a Woman from the Bush (released 23 September 2019)
A Tribute to Ḻiya-ŋärra’mirri - Mrs. P. B. Burarrwaŋa, July 2 1956 – December 19 2018 & Goŋ-gurtha Mrs. A. M.M. Burarrwaŋa, circa 1954-2019
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Bäpurru (released 23 September 2019)
A selection of images from the bäpurru honouring Ms. P. B. Burarrwaŋa & Ms. A.M.M Burarrwaŋa, July/August 2019
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Mata Mata Creative Trust (released 23 September 2019)
Over many years Mrs. P. B. Burarrwaŋa worked on projects and ideas in the form of an ongoing creative trust for empowering her Mata Mata homelands community.
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Eulogy for Mrs. P.B. Burarrwaŋa (released 23 September 2019)
Notes of a Short Verbal Eulogy for Mrs. P.B. Burarrwaŋa, Friday July 19, 2019, Mata Mata
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