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Bonner, Neville

Born: 1922 AD
Died: 1999 AD
Nationality: Australian
Categories: Politician

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.