DougNicholls.run2nd June, 1972 : Australia’s first Aboriginal knight, Pastor Sir Douglas Nicholls, hopes his title will make officialdom listen more closely to his concerns for Australian Aborigines. Sir Douglas, the 65-years-old champion of his people and former Fitzroy footballer, said he saw the award as a recognition of the Aboriginal people. “The knighthood is a great moment for me, my family and my people,” he said. “I am the first Aborigine knighted but certainly not the last.”

[He was recommended for a knighthood by the Federal Coalition (Liberal Party of Australia and the Country Party) Government, led by William McMahon. See also NNUS of 13-05-14]

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