13A Stockman.
When settlers arrived from across the seas, many Aboriginal groups at first resisted the pastoralists. They stopped fighting to ensure community survival and maintain access to their land, and even to help the white man.

Aboriginal people often worked as stockmen on the pastoralist properties. The women often worked as midwives and as domestic help, and were able to procure bush foods. They played a key role in the development of the cattle industry, sharing their land, pathways, knowledge, food and water, taking pride in their work on the land, and strong bonds were often formed.

However, with the introduction of legislation for equal pay for Aboriginal workers, and with the strikes that ensued following the delay in its implementation, many communities were forced off the stations. The Aboriginal people voiced concerns over the importance of their Land Rights. The Gurindji strike was the first to attract wide public support for Land Rights.