• Neville Bonner will receive a statue in his honour. (Museum of Australian Democracy)Source: Museum of Australian Democracy
From humble beginnings, Neville Bonner rose to the nation's highest political body. A statue in Canberra will honour his achievement.
24 Aug 2021 - 12:56 PM  UPDATED 24 Aug 2021 - 2:30 PM

Neville Bonner AO, the first Indigenous person ever elected to federal parliament, will be honoured with a statue in Canberra.

A likeness of the Jagera man, who was sworn into parliament 50 years ago, will take its place within Canberra's National Triangle near Old Parliament House.

The statue is expected to be completed next year, and will join representations of former prime ministers including John Curtin in the parliamentary triangle.

Bonner was born on Ukerebagh Island at the mouth of the Tweed River in 1922.

Despite receiving little education in his early life, he went on to carve a path of self-determination, eventually becoming the first Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person elected to the Australian parliament.

Neville Bonner: from tin shed to parliament house
Neville Bonner was the first Aboriginal person ever elected to the Australian Parliament, and paved the way for proud Indigenous representation at the national level.