Douglas Nicholls – that’s pretty cool


To my shame, I knew nothing about Douglas Nicholls, who led a pretty interesting and useful kind of life… Here’s the lede of the wikipedia article on him.

Pastor Sir Douglas Ralph “Doug” Nicholls, KCVO, OBE, (9 December 1906 – 4 June 1988[1]), was a prominent Australian Aboriginal from the Yorta Yorta people; a professional athlete; Churches of Christ pastor and church planter; ceremonial officer and a pioneering campaigner for reconciliation.

Nicholls was the first Aboriginal person to be knighted and the first Aboriginal person appointed to vice-regal office, serving as Governor of South Australia from 1 December 1976 until his resignation on 30 April 1977 due to poor health.


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