At the time of the Referendum, Charlie Coppin—born in 1935 at De Grey Station and cousin of strike leader Peter Coppin—was working on the Moolyella Station, one of the 1946 strike camps. He went on to work for the Pilbara Native Title Service, where he became Senior Liaison Officer. On 30 May 2007, he and other Ngarla elders were named native title holders of about square kilometres of land east of Port Hedland in the Pilbara. Charlie Coppin said ‘It has taken a long time, but I’m happy that us elders can pass this on to the next Generation’. In 2009 Coppin signed an important agreement in his role as native title holder with the Boral Contracting Company to preserve and protect the culturally significant Mikurrnya site.