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Timber veneer panel in painted white frame bearing the inscription: ‘The Lord is my shepherd…He leadeth me. (Psalm 23 v 1)’

circa 1970s

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

Neville Thomas Bonner AO was an Australian politician, and the first Indigenous Australian to become a member of the Parliament of Australia. Bonner’s grandmother, Ida, was his primary carer for much of his childhood. She was a devout Christian and she passed her faith onto Neville, who was a committed Christian all his life. Bonner was also taught the Aboriginal laws and customs of his people and had a strong belief in Aboriginal spirituality which he felt sat well with his Christian beliefs. Both belief systems gave him great strength throughout his life.

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  • Title: Timber veneer panel in painted white frame bearing the inscription: ‘The Lord is my shepherd…He leadeth me. (Psalm 23 v 1)’
  • Date: circa 1970s
  • View on MoAD website: See Collection record
  • Medium: Timber; veneer; metal; paint
  • Dimensions: 210 (w) x 675 (h) x 25 (d) mm
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