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  1. Apma, Undelya (Minnie) (1909–1990) Arrernte woman and domestic servant
  2. Arabanoo (1759–1789) Aboriginal leader
  3. Ballandella (1831–1863) stolen child
  4. Barlow, Billy (1825–1860) Gubbi Gubbi headman and resistance leader
  5. Bellear, Lisa (1961–2006) Indigenous activist, photographer, and radio broadcaster
  6. Blackman, Thomas Henry (1843–1920) rural labourer, farmer, and bushrangers’ associate
  7. Bogan, Billy (1860–1900) tracker and fugitive
  8. Bohemia, Jack Nyibayarri (1903–1994) Gooniyandi cultural leader and police tracker
  9. Brice, Annie (1849–1931) domestic servant
  10. Brooks, Walter Woodman (Jacky) (1906–1968) rugby league footballer
  11. Bungarie, John (1829–1854) native police officer
  12. Bussamarai (1795–1852) Aboriginal resistance leader
  13. Carter, Roland Wenzel (1892–1960) soldier and community leader
  14. Chaseland, Tommy (1800–1869) sealer, whaler, and expatriate
  15. Cook, Sydney James (1937–1983) state ward and union organiser
  16. Coomindah, Mary Ann (1865–1929) gdanja (herbalist), healer, and domestic servant
  17. Cooper, Lynch (1906–1971) Yorta Yorta man, professional runner, and house painter
  18. Croft, Joseph (Joe) (1925–1996) surveyor and public servant
  19. Crow, Jim (1825–1884) guide, host, and symbolic figure
  20. Dalaipi (1795–1863) headman, orator, rainmaker, guide, philosopher, and mediator
  21. Daniels, Dexter (1936–1999) union organiser and political activist
  22. Dennison, Charles (Charlie) (1846–1956) stockman, horse whisperer, and cultural man
  23. Djimongurr (1910–1969) cultural storyteller, marrkidjbu (healer), and rock art artist
  24. Foley, Shirley (1938–2000) Badtjala (Butchulla) woman and Senior Traditional Owner
  25. Fraser, Yoolya/Fulgentius (1899–1967) evangelist, drover and stockman
  26. Gida (1849–1899) mamus (chief) and Wild Australia Show performer
  27. Giles, Biddy/Biyarung (1810–1888) Dharawal woman and cultural leader
  28. Hanley, Kitty (Kate) (1845–1917) Wiradjuri matriarch and midwife
  29. Hippai, Peter (1835–1904) stockman and cultural custodian
  30. Irwin, William Allan (1878–1918) shearer and soldier
  31. Ivaritji (1849–1929) Kaurna elder, Kaurna language speaker, and weaver
  32. Jaminji, Paddy (1912–1996) artist
  33. Kabirriki, Nipper (1910–1987) research collaborator
  34. Kudajarnd (1845–1905) elder, senior law man, and Wild Australia Show performer
  35. Kudnarto (1832–1855) Kaurna and Ngadjuri landholder
  36. Little, James Kunkus (1911–1972) entertainer and gum leaf band player
  37. Little, Jimmy (1937–2012) singer, musician, and philanthropist
  38. Luther, Maurice Jupurrurla (1945–1985) Warlpiri community leader
  39. Matbar, Lallie (1905–1970) Wangkatha woman
  40. McKenzie, Queenie Mingmarriya Nakarra (1915–1998) law woman, leader, and artist
  41. Mosby, Harry Walter (1945–1993) railway worker and Paralympian
  42. Mullawallah (1821–1896) Wadawurrung (Wathaurong) ancestor and ambassador, and Burrumbeet Balug Arweet
  43. Multuggerah (1820–1846) Aboriginal warrior, resistance leader, and headman
  44. Mulun, Magdalena (1871–1913) Aboriginal community leader and Christian
  45. Mungo Lady (?–?)
  46. Mungo Man (?–?)
  47. Munns, Oscar John (1906–1982) community leader, stockman, noted athlete
  48. Nayombolmi (1895–1967) rock art artist
  49. Ngumundi (1780–1845) Kabi Kabi headman
  50. Noble, Jack (1855–1935) native police trooper
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