File FVF269 - One People of Australia League Ephemera

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One People of Australia League Ephemera


  • 1970-1989 (Creation)

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1 folder ; 30 cm.

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One People of Australia League was established in 1961 as an Aboriginal advancement organisation. It was based in Queensland. The OPAL House on Russell Street in Brisbane was established about 1960 by Joyce Wilding, to accommodate underprivileged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in need of shelter, but was later demolished around 1970 to make way for Expo 88. Residents were transferred to the Joyce Wilding Home at Eight Mile Plains (now the Joyce Wilding Hostel). The OPAL Centre was opened on Anne Street in Brisbane in 1971. It focused on welfare and housing. James (Jim or Jimmy) Hamilton was the first president, serving from 1961 to 1970. Neville Bonner was president from 1970 to 1974. Unable to determine when the organisation disbanded; there is no recent information online about it.

Publicists - Neville Bonner, Caroline Archer, Owen Fletcher, Jim Hamilton, Muriel Langford, Olive Murphy, E. Rallah, Joyce Wilding.

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Neville Thomas Bonner AO (28 March 1922 - 5 February 1999), elder of the Jagera people, was the first Indigenous Australian to become a member of the Parliament of Australia. He served as President of the One People of Australia League (OPAL) from 1970 to 1974.

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Leaflets, booklets, event notices and a statement produced by members of the One People of Australia League (OPAL).

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Unrestricted access.

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Orphan work. The rightsholder for this work cannot be identified, or is identifiable but cannot be found, after a reasonably diligent search. If you believe you are a rightsholder for this material, please contact Fryer Library directly at

Can be reproduced for personal research and study. For other uses see About copyright. Please attribute the Fryer Library.

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  • English

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Revised, Kymberley Bax, 4-Apr-2024.
Revised, SJB, 22-Nov-2022.
Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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