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.