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Neville Bonner

Neville Bonner was the first Aboriginal person in Federal Parliament, representing Queensland as a Liberal Party Senator from 1971 to 1983.
Series : Australian Biography Series 1 | Year : 1992 | Total Duration : 26 Minutes | Producer : Frank Heimans
Director : Frank Heimans |
Archival colour footage Bonner political campaign, 1983. Bonner campaign car / utility leading four other cars along street. POV driver to loudspeaker. Rear view ute driving along street. 01:53:19 Interview Neville Bonner, 1976, saying he will not resign. 02:03 Neville Bonner campaigning, 1983. Speaking through handheld microphone. People standing in doorway listening. Bonner at microphone. 02:12 Bonner giving speech ÒMy head has been bloodied...Ó, 1983.
Access No. 131160 | 34 secs | Various | Australia | © ABC Television | Colour |
Interview Neville Bonner talking about fooling people with Queen's English, 1991. Still b&w photograph, creased with white border, Bonner as young man with two friends, Palm Island, 1930s. Super. MS interview Bonner talking about family background, 1991. Still b&w photo CU Bonner . Pull back to reveal palm tree under which he was born, with Bonner in F/G, Ukerabagh Island, circa 1976. Interview Bonner talking about mother,1991.
Access No. 131161 | 1 min 54 secs | 1930s | Australia | © Neville Bonner | Colour |
Still b&w photograph Neville Bonner at age 14, boxing and sparring with Aboriginal friend, both shirtless and wearing hats. Interview Bonner talking about living conditions. Still b&w photo Bonner at age 14, holding axe and friend with large saw, standing in front of tree trunk, both shirtless and wearing hats, looking to camera. Interview Bonner talking about circumstances for Aboriginal culture at that time and racial discrimination. B&W photo Bonner at age 14, squatting as he holds dead goanna. Interview Bonner talking about meeting first wife, Mona, 1991.
Access No. 131162 | 2 mins 13 secs | 1930s | Lismore, NSW, Australia | © Unknown | Colour |
Still b&w photograph Neville Bonner on wedding day with first wife, Mona, 1943. Interview Bonner relating story about how Mona was sent back to Palm Island,1991.
Access No. 131163 | 1 min 13 secs | 1940s | Australia | © Neville Bonner | Colour |
Archival b&w footage Palm Island, 1970. Pull back from settlement and palm trees by water . Group of Aboriginal women and children outside Palm Island store, shop. CU young woman holding baby. Pan to smiling girl biting finger. Street sign, Main St, in rain. Pull back to island roadway lined by palm trees. Interview Neville Bonner talking about routine on Palm Island settlement,1991.
Access No. 131164 | 1 min 27 secs | 1970s | Palm Island, Qld, Australia | © ABC Television | Colour |
Still b&w photograph smiling Neville Bonner making boomerang, 1969. MS interview Bonner talking about how he came to be a member of the Liberal Party. Still b&w photo Bonner with parliamentary colleagues, 1970s. Banner in B/G. Interview Bonner talking about becoming member of the Senate,1991.
Access No. 131165 | 3 mins 56 secs | 1970s | Australia | © Unknown | Colour |
Archival colour television footage Neville Bonner arriving at Parliament House, Canberra, 1971. Super. Bonner gets out of white car . Puts red suit bag over shoulder and takes Eski out of boot. Walks up steps and enters doorway, saying to doorman that he has Òa couple'a Darwin stubbiesÓ. Doorman closes glass door. Interview Bonner talking about arrival in Canberra and the day he was sworn in,1991.
Access No. 131166 | 2 mins 52 secs | 1970s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © ABC Television / NFSA | Colour |
Still b&w photograph Neville Bonner being sworn in as a Senator for Queensland, 1973. Pull back to reveal line of Senators standing around table in Parliament. Interview Bonner talking about political responsibilities,1991.
Access No. 131167 | 1 min 41 secs | 1970s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © Unknown | Colour |
Archival b&w footage Aboriginal settlement in NSW, 1967. Young Aboriginal children on billycart roll down hill. Shanty town at bottom of hill in B/G. Toddler leads baby through doorway of shack and kicks the baby as they enter. Group of Aboriginal adults around campfire drinking alcohol and smoking. man holds flagon. Woman picks up bedhead and tosses it aside. CU baby's grubby , dirty face. Woman washing or bathing young child in plastic tub , bath outdoors. MS washing boy's face. WS man chopping wood by washing hung out on clothes line. CU man's face. Group of children huddled around back of wooden building.
Access No. 131168 | 45 secs | 1960s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Interview Neville Bonner talking about decision making for Aboriginal people,1991. Still colour photograph group of parliamentarians standing on steps of Old Parliament House, 1978. Zoom to Malcolm Fraser standing middle of front row next to Neville Bonner. Interview Bonner talking about self doubts. Still b&w photograph smiling Neville Bonner in hard hat, as bridge carpenter, 1971. B&W photo tilt up angle of Bonner hanging onto dogman rope, as bridge carpenter, 1971. Pan down to show full shot from below.
Access No. 131169 | 1 min 39 secs | 1970s | Canberra, ACT, Australia; Australia | © Neville Bonner and NFSA | Colour |
Still b&w photograph Neville Bonner with three grandchildren, 1970.
Access No. 131170 | 5 secs | 1970s | Australia | © Brisbane Telegraph | B&W |
Still b&w photograph Neville Bonner digging in earth with spade alongside other Aboriginals, 1970. Interview Bonner talking about equality,1991. Still colour photograph Bonner with other senators including Georges, gathered around desk in Senate chambers, with wigged president sitting at desk, 1970s. Zoom to Bonner. Interview Bonner talking about parliamentary colleagues' attitudes.
Access No. 131171 | 2 mins 16 secs | 1970s | Australia | © Neville Bonner | Colour |
22:21 Archival colour television footage Aboriginal Tent Embassy Protest, 1974. Super. Aboriginals camped on lawn outside Parliament House. Drunken man swearing aggressively. Neville Bonner being questioned and commenting on Aboriginal behaviour during protest. 22:46 Archival b&w television footage angry bald activist for Aboriginal rights aggressively challenging Neville Bonner in television studio, 1978. Super. Bonner and activist exchange comments in debate / argument. Studio audience cheers. WS audience.
Access No. 131172 | 1 min 1 sec | 1970s | Australia | © ABC Television | Colour |
Archival colour television footage Neville Bonner talking on microphone at 1982 Land Rights march during Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. Super. CU Bonner talking into microphone. Aboriginal man calls out. Bonner wearing white suit, sits down on ground and begins to chant. VS Aboriginal Land Rights march / protest. Police make arrests. Interview Neville Bonner talking about difficulties when in Parliament,1991.
Access No. 131173 | 2 mins 50 secs | 1980s | Brisbane, Qld, Australia | © ABC Television | Colour |
26:12 Archival colour television footage Neville Bonner interview, 1976. Super. Bonner talking about people being sold out by government. 26:27 Archival colour television footage Senator Bonner resignation from Liberal Party, press conference,1983. Super. Bonner sits at desk surrounded by media. MS Bonner speaking. V/O news reporter. 27:09 Interview Bonner talking about lack of Aboriginal voice in Federal Parliament and his role in the Liberal Party,1991.
Access No. 131174 | 2 mins 52 secs | Various | Australia | © ABC Television | Colour |
Still b&w photograph Neville Bonner shaking hands with Joh Bjelke-Peterson. Pan up to their faces. Two men in B/G. Interview Bonner responding to question as to whether he is a token black,1991.
Access No. 131175 | 1 min 24 secs | Unknown | Australia | © Sunday Mail | Colour |