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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. Brice, Annie (1849–1931) domestic servant
  9. Brooks, Walter Woodman (Jacky) (1906–1968) rugby league footballer
  10. Bungarie, John (1829–1854) native police officer
  11. Bussamarai (1795–1852) Aboriginal resistance leader
  12. Carter, Roland Wenzel (1892–1960) soldier and community leader
  13. Chaseland, Tommy (1800–1869) sealer, whaler, and expatriate
  14. Coomindah, Mary Ann (1865–1929) gdanja (herbalist), healer, and domestic servant
  15. Cooper, Lynch (1906–1971) Yorta Yorta man, professional runner, and house painter
  16. Crow, Jim (1825–1884) guide, host, and symbolic figure
  17. Dalaipi (1795–1863) headman, orator, rainmaker, guide, philosopher, and mediator
  18. Daniels, Dexter (1936–1999) union organiser and political activist
  19. Dennison, Charles (Charlie) (1846–1956) stockman, horse whisperer, and cultural man
  20. Djimongurr (1910–1969) cultural storyteller, marrkidjbu (healer), and rock art artist
  21. Foley, Shirley (1938–2000) Badtjala (Butchulla) woman and Senior Traditional Owner
  22. Fraser, Eulla/Fulgentius (1899–1967) evangelist, drover and stockman
  23. Gida (1849–1899) mamus (chief) and Wild Australia Show performer
  24. Giles, Biddy/Biyarung (1810–1888) Dharawal woman and cultural leader
  25. Hanley, Kitty (Kate) (1845–1917) Wiradjuri matriarch and midwife
  26. Hippai, Peter (1835–1904) stockman and cultural custodian
  27. Irwin, William Allan (1878–1918) shearer and soldier
  28. Ivaritji (1849–1929) Kaurna elder, Kaurna language speaker, and weaver
  29. Jaminji, Paddy (1912–1996) artist
  30. Kabirriki, Nipper (1910–1987) research collaborator
  31. Kudajarnd (1845–1905) elder, senior law man, and Wild Australia Show performer
  32. Kudnarto (1832–1855) Kaurna and Ngadjuri landholder
  33. Little, James Kunkus (1911–1972) entertainer and gum leaf band player
  34. Little, Jimmy (1937–2012) singer, musician, and philanthropist
  35. Luther, Maurice Jupurrurla (1945–1985) Warlpiri community leader
  36. Matbar, Lallie (1905–1970) Wangkatha woman
  37. McKenzie, Queenie Mingmarriya Nakarra (1915–1998) law woman, leader, and artist
  38. Mosby, Harry Walter (1945–1993) railway worker and Paralympian
  39. Mullawallah (1821–1896) Wadawurrung (Wathaurong) ancestor and ambassador, and Burrumbeet Balug Arweet
  40. Multuggerah (1820–1846) Aboriginal warrior, resistance leader, and headman
  41. Mulun, Magdalena (1871–1913) Aboriginal community leader and Christian
  42. Mungo Lady (?–?)
  43. Mungo Man (?–?)
  44. Munns, Oscar John (1906–1982) community leader, stockman, noted athlete
  45. Nayombolmi (1895–1967) rock art artist
  46. Noble, Jack (1855–1935) native police trooper
  47. O'Chin, Andrew (Jack) (1917–1978) Aboriginal community leader and rugby league footballer
  48. Old Moppy (1787–1842) Aboriginal leader, guide, and resistance fighter
  49. Pluto (1869–1916) prospector and mining entrepreneur
  50. Pluto, Kitty (1877–1946) gold miner and prospector
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