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Bonner, Neville

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Born: 1922 AD
Died: 1999 AD, at 76 years of age.

Nationality: Australian
Categories: Politician

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1922 - Born at Ukerabagh Island, New South Wales, on the 28th of March. He was the first Indigenous Australian to be elected to the Parliament of Australia.

 

1946 - Attained the position of Assistant Settlement Overseer.

 

1960 - Moved to Ipswich, where he joined the board of directors of the One People Australia League (OPAL).

 

1967 - Joined the Liberal Party and held local office in the party.

 

1970 - Became its Queens land president.

 

1971 - He was chosen to replace Liberal Senator Annabelle Rankin after her resignation.

 

1972 - Served as 1st aboriginal elected to Australian Parliament.

 

1979 - Bonner was named Australian of the Year.

 

1984 - Awarded the title Officer of the Order of Australia.

 

1992-1996 - He was member of the Griffith University Council.

 

1993 - The university awarded him an honorary doctorate.

 

1998 - Elected to the Constitutional Convention as a candidate of Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy.

 

1999 - He died at Ipswich, on the 5th of February.

 

 

 


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