About the exhibition
From 27 May 2021 visit Australian Parliament House to see our exhibition marking 50 years since Neville Bonner AO became the first Indigenous Australian to enter the Federal Parliament.
Neville Bonner represented Queensland and the Liberal Party in the Senate from 1971 to 1983. In 1967, he campaigned in the national referendum to recognise Indigenous Australians in the constitution. He was named Australian of the Year in 1979 and made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1984.
The exhibition will include the portrait of Neville Bonner by artist Wesley Barton Walters (1928-2014), from the Parliament House Historic Memorials Collection.
Book your visit to view the exhibition or secure a spot on our Yeribee tour, which explores Indigenous experiences of Parliament House.
Learn more about Neville Bonner
Image: Wesley Barton Walters (1928–2014) Neville Thomas Bonner AO (study) (detail), 1979. Oil on canvas. Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection.