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Bill Onus, a Wiradjuri man born in 1906 on Cummeragunja Aboriginal Reserve in southern New South Wales, was one of the most prominent Aboriginal activists of his time.

A rectangular calico banner featuring an inscription in blue and red paint which reads 'THE AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINES LEAGUE, THE ABORIGINE SPEAKS_THE VOICE of THE ABORIGINE MUST BE HEARD'.
Banner made by Bill Onus

With his brother Eric and Pastor Doug Nicholls he revived the Australian Aborigines League, whose activities had dwindled after William Cooper’s death in 1941.

Onus used his skills as an orator and organiser to challenge the Victorian Aboriginal Protection Board and argue for federal control of Aboriginal affairs.

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