In articles published about McLeod at the time of his death in April 1999, and his funeral, which took place on May Day, he was compared to Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, not least because he died without any property or possessions to speak of.

'Gandhi of the Pilbara' Fought the Good Fight for Justice

Hamish McDonald, ‘“Gandhi of the Pilbara” Fought the Good Fight for Justice’, Sydney Morning Herald, 3 May 1999, p. 5.

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The story of the strike and the cooperative movement won even more attention as Aboriginal land rights and self-determination became popular causes in the early 1970s. Journalists increasingly began to write stories about the strike and the cooperative, more often than not focusing on the role that Don McLeod had played.