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Neville T Bonner AO, Honorary Adviser Queensland Police Service

2007.0105.0004

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Neville T Bonner AO, Honorary Adviser Queensland Police Service

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Physical description

A blue police badge attached to a clear plastic backing. It has a police logo and the text, ' NEVILLE T. BONNER AO / HONORARY ADVISER / QUEENLAND POLICE SERVICE'.

Statement of significance

The Neville Bonner collection comprises 56 items, including documents, photographs, and clothing. Notable objects are Mr Bonner's doctorate robes, Griffith University 1993; Order of Australia medal and certificate; gold-rimmed spectacles and shaving materials; boomerang and photographs of boomerangs made by Mr Bonner; bible from his Senate swearing-in ceremony; and his golfing glove, tee, divett and trophy. The objects of the collection range in size, scope and origin, and are all in good condition.

Neville Bonner, a widely respected Federal Senator and Jagera Elder, has been called 'Australia's Ghandi'. Through peaceful and dignified protest, he sought to improve the lives of Aboriginal people in Queensland and throughout Australia. Long before it became a national movement sponsored by the Federal Government, Mr Bonner ('Uncle Bonner') was espousing the values of reconciliation, of working together to build a cohesive society. The collection, donated by his widow, the late Mrs Heather Bonner, provides objects relating to his personal interests and important events of his public life.

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On display at the National Museum of Australia.

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