13th May, 1976 : A 69-year old Aboriginal pastor, Sir Douglas Nicholls, has been appointed Governor of South Australia. Sir Douglas, a former Director of the Aboriginal Advancement League and a popular sportsman, said he did not want to be known as Australia’s first Aboriginal Governor. “I am a citizen, the same as all the Australian people.” The only criticism of the appointemnt has come from Sir Douglas’ friend, J H Stanley, an Aboriginal leader who says the job will be too much for him at 69.

[Contrary to the current outcrop of the self-declared Aborigines, he was, obviously, an Aborigine.Wikipedia: Sir Douglas Ralph “Doug” Nicholls, KCVO, OBE (9 December 1906 – 4 June 1988) was a prominent Aboriginal Australian from the Yorta Yorta people. He was a professional athlete, Churches of Christ pastor and church planter, ceremonial officer and a pioneering campaigner for reconciliation. Nicholls was the first Aboriginal person to be knighted and also the first appointed to vice-regal office, serving as Governor of South Australia from 1 December 1976 until his resignation on 30 April 1977 due to poor health.It would seem that his friend was right.]

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