TWENTY Australian knights, including aboriginal pastor, Sir Douglas Nicholls, have been created in the Queen's birthday honours list.
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Background: TWENTY Australian knights, including aboriginal pastor, Sir Douglas Nicholls, have been created in the Queen's birthday honours list.
The Federal treasurer. Mr Snedden, has been made a member of the Privy Council in the British honours list.
The other new knights are:
Lieutenant-General Big Mervyn Brogan, chief of the general staff; Sir Robert Crichton-Brown of Sydney, president of the Institute of Directors: Sir Ediwn Cain, Federal Commissioner of Taxation: Sir Gilbert Chandler, Government leader in the Vietorain Legislative Coun???.
Sir George Crawford. senior ???uisne judge of the Tasmanian Supreme Court: Sir Charles Court former Minister for Industrial Development in Western Australia, who was yesterday elected parliamentary leader of the Western Australia Liberal Party. Sir Alan Fletcher, Queensland Minister for Education; Sir Arthur George. Sydney lawyer and director of companies. including Travelodge.
Sir George Gray, permanent head of the NSW premier's Department; Sir John Massy Greene, of Sydney, chairman and managing director of Consolidated Gold Fields Australia Limited; Sir John Marks, of Sydney, Chairman of Development Finance Corporation; Sir William Pettingell, of Sydney, general manager of the Australian Gas Light Company.
Sir Benjamin Rank. of Melbourne, a past President of the Royal Australasian College of Burgeons: Sir George Reid, Victorian Attorney-General; Sir patrick Shaw, Australian High Commissioner in India; Sir Itegianid Swartz. Federal Minister for National Development.
Sir A??? Taylor, Sydney ??? and ??? the Common??? Corporation; Sir James Walter, Lo??? Queensland ??? and ??? Sir frank ??? of Australia.
AUSTRALIA'S first Aboriginal knight, Pastor Sir Douglas Nicholls, rubbed his thick white hair, adjusted his horn-rimmed glasses, and looked at his wife, handsome Aboriginal woman of 65.
"Lady Nicholls," he said. "Isn't it wonderful?" And then he said, eyes shining with excitement. "What a marvellous thing for my race."
The stocky. Aboriginal pastor of the Church of Christ and former Australian rules footballer was still in pleasant shock.
"Someone asked me a few weeks ago if I'd be prepared to accept a knighthood." he said in Melbourne yesterday.
"Well of course I thought it was some kind of joke, I said yes and didn't think any more about it. It already had the OBE.
"Then today a television station rang me and you could have knocked me down with a boomerang."
Former director of the Aborigines Advancement League, he resigned, went buck to live with his tribe at Commuerajunga, near Echuca for six months, then returned to Melbourne revived and alert to become public relations officer for the league.
"They'll get a kick out of this up there at Cummerajunga," he said.
But they are going to see him again soon. Some of his own tribe, the Yoti, still live there.
"They'd better start collecting Witchetty grubs," he said. "We'll have a Witchetty grub celebration I love witchetties when I can get them."
But he was busy with his own celebration in Melbourne yesterday as word got around Northcote and Fitzroy, where he has worked all his adult life.
There were flower for Lady Nicholls, working at the Opportunity Shop, sent by the Aborigines Advancement League Staff.
The excitement in the shop when Sir Douglas showed up to give his wife the news. was phenomenal.
"I've never seen anything like it," he said. "She couldn't understand what I was talking about when I addressed here as Lady Nicholls. Then she cried, she was so overcome."
Sir Douglas said one thing that made this honour so important for his race was that Aboriginals were really getting some where now.
"Black power died as soon as it was born." he said.
"We are working to give our people confidence, to encourage initiative to find opportunities for advancement.
??? that to just what they're ??? at last.
"Aboriginal people are making their way in the community now and are ??? a much ??? chance. The opportunities are coming, and they're ??? them."