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Neville Bonner

Personal data
Date of birth28 March 1922
Place of birthTweed River, New South Wales
Date of death5 February 1999(age 76)
Place of deathIpswich, Queensland
NationalityAustralian
Political partyLiberal (1971 - 83)
Independent (1983)
Children5 Boys
OccupationLabourer, activist
Senator for Queensland
In office11 June 1971 - 4 February 1983

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Neville Thomas Bonner AO (28 March 1922 - 5 February 1999) was an Australian politician, and the first indigenous Australian to become a member of the Parliament of Australia. He was initially appointed by the Queensland Parliament to fill a casual vacancy in the representation of Queensland in the Senate, and later became the first indigenous Australian to be elected to the parliament by popular vote. Bonner was an elder of the Jagera people.


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