On the 30th anniversary of Aboriginal teenager Mark Haines' suspicious death, two small rays of light shine in the Haines' family's long, dark fight for justice. Yesterday, the family laid their son to rest in his traditional country to be "at peace with his ancestors". Today, NSW Police announced a $500,000 reward for information that could help solve the mystery. Mark Haines was found dead on train tracks outside the north-west NSW city of Tamworth in the early hours of 16 January 1988.
The small township of Bourke in far western New South Wales is a small speck of dust swimming in a vast ocean of ruby red dirt and is home to the Barkindji people since time immemorial. Every summer a wave of heat unfurls over the region, coming in from a flat scrub thick with twisted saltbush and gum trees. I was born and bred on this magnificent country, and summertime is one of my most cherished memories.
AT 6:30am on January 16, 1988, a 200 tonne freight train leaves the city of Tamworth in north western New South Wales and begins to pick up speed en route to Werris Creek. Summer rain has swept across the area the night before and the city is already enveloped in a blanket of humidity. The train driver scans the horizon. Rows of houses give way to gum trees as suburbia melts away in a blur of colour. And then he spots something on the rails.
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Selecting a term
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