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  1. Noble, Jack (1855–1935) native police trooper
  2. O'Chin, Andrew (Jack) (1917–1978) Aboriginal community leader and rugby league footballer
  3. Old Moppy (1787–1842) Aboriginal leader, guide, and resistance fighter
  4. Pluto (1869–1916) prospector and mining entrepreneur
  5. Pluto, Kitty (1877–1946) gold miner and prospector
  6. Reys, Frank (1931–1984) jockey
  7. Rodriguez, Mary Catherine (Katie) (1920–1994) Catholic novice, cook and domestic
  8. Stafford, Alfred George (Alf) (1906–1996) public servant and sporting personality
  9. Swift, Jenny (1858–1894) missionary and dormitory matron
  10. Swift, Paddy (1848–1922) stockman, horse breaker and trainer, and missionary
  11. Tanganutara (Sarah) (1805–1858) palawa woman
  12. Tarra Bobby (1834–1874) lewin (messenger) and cultural mediator
  13. Thomas, Juluma Rover (1926–1998) stockman, dreamer, and artist
  14. Timms, Freddie Ngarrmaliny Janama (1946–2017) stockman, artist, and broker
  15. Tjapaltjarri, Namarari (Mick) (1923–1998) Pintupi man and artist
  16. Tongerlongeter (1790–1837) warrior and leader
  17. Turandurey (1806–?) Wiradjuri woman, guide, and interpreter
  18. Ware, Elia (1911–1987) soldier and Torres Strait Islander activist
  19. Ware, Uruba Demag (Demaga) (1857–1915) pioneer of Wag
  20. Wavehill, Ronnie (1936–2020) stockman and storyteller
  21. Welch, Maria (1834–1909) Kaurna matriarch
  22. Whye, Alfred Ernest (1882–1969) soldier, expatriate, and railway worker
  23. Woretemoeteryenner (1795–1847) palawa woman
  24. Yamurra (1863–?) Wild Australia Show performer
  25. Yanggendyinanyuk (1834–1886) tracker, cricketer, and cultural exponent
  26. Yonki Yonka (1823–1846) shepherd and sailor
  27. Yoolpee, Moses (1865–1940) Karuwali–Mithaka elder and stockman
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