Trugernanner, the last full-blooded tribal-born Tasmanian Aboriginal from the Oyster Cove community. Truganini was born in 1812 on Bruny Island, south of the Tasmanian capital Hobart, and separated from the Tasmanian mainland by the D'Entrecasteaux Channel. She was a daughter of Mangana, Chief of the Bruny Island people.
William Cooper (Aboriginal Australian)
William Cooper (c1860 – 1941) was an Australian Aboriginal political activist and community leader from Yorta Yorta territory, Victoria. Cooper's long campaign for Aboriginal rights, especially land rights, began with the Maloga Petition in 1887. by 1935 Cooper had helped establish the Australian Aborigines League, seeking direct representation in parliament, enfranchisement and land rights. At this time, Aboriginal people were not classed as Australian citizens.
Fred Hollows was a NZ & Australian ophthalmologist who became known for his work in restoring eyesight for countless thousands of people in Australia and many other countries. It has been estimated that more than one million people in the world can see today because of initiatives instigated by Hollows, the most notable example being The Fred Hollows Foundation
Vincent Lingiari AM (1908 – 21 Jan 1988), was an Aboriginal rights activist. Lingiari was a member of the Gurindji people. He worked as a stockman at Wave Hill Cattle Station. Vincent was elected and became the leader of the Gurindji communities in August 1966. On 7 June 1976, Lingiari was named a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to the Aboriginal people. (Vincent is pictured with Gough Whitlam in the symbolic 1975 handover of Wave Hill back to the Gurindji People.)
The story of the Indigenous people who served in the AIF has been largely ignored until now.
Private Miller Mack of the 50th Battalion served in France and contracted bronchial pneumonia in 1917. He was evacuated to England before returning to Australia in September 1917. He died of his illness two years later, in September 1919.