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Sir Douglas "Doug" Ralph Nicholls, KCVO, OBE (19061988) was an Australian Aborigine from the Yorta Yorta people of the Murray river region of New South Wales and Victoria. He was a Pastor with the Churches of Christ in Australia Christian denomination. He was awarded Honours, including Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) and Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Aboriginal people. Jump to: navigation, search 1906 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Australian Aborigines are the main indigenous people of Australia. ... A branch of the Murray in its middle reaches, near Howlong, New South Wales The Murray River is Australias second-longest river in its own right (the longest being its tributary the Darling). ... Motto: Orta Recens Quam Pura Nites (Newly Risen, How Brightly You Shine) Nickname: First State, Premier State Other Australian states and territories Capital Sydney Government Governor Premier Const. ... Motto: Peace and Prosperity Other Australian states and territories Capital Melbourne Governor HE Mr John Landy Premier Steve Bracks (ALP) Area 237,629 km² (6th)  - Land 227,416 km²  - Water 10,213 km² (4. ... The Churches of Christ in Australia is part of the Restoration Movement. ... Jump to: navigation, search A denomination, in the Christian sense of the word, is an identifiable religious body, organization under a common name, structure, and/or doctrine. ... The honours system of the United Kingdom is a means of rewarding personal bravery, achievement or service to the country. ... Victoria founded the Royal Victorian Order. ... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in decreasing order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand...


He was Governor of South Australia from 1 December 1976 to 30 April 1977 when he resigned due to poor health. See Governors of the Australian states for a description and history of the office of Governor. ... Jump to: navigation, search December 1 is the 335th (in leap years the 336th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1976 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... April 30 is the 120th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (121st in leap years), with 245 days remaining, as the last day in April. ... 1977 was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1977 calendar). ...


Sir Douglas Nicholls was born on 9 December 1906 on the Cumeroogunja mission in New South Wales. He died in 1988 after another stroke. A State Funeral was held for him and he was buried in the cemetery at Cumeroogunja. Jump to: navigation, search December 9 is the 343rd day (344th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1906 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A state funeral is a public funeral ceremony held to honour heads of state or other important people of national significance. ...


He had personal experience of the Stolen Generations, when he was eight, he saw his 16 year old sister Hilda forcibly taken from his family by the police to go the Cootamundra Training Home for Girls. Jump to: navigation, search Stolen Generation is the term commonly used to mean the Australian Aboriginal children who were removed from their families by Australian government agencies and church missions between approximately 1900 and 1972. ...

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Education

At Cumeroogunja mission schooling was provided to grade 3 standard and strict religious principles were emphasised.


Employment

At 13 he worked with his uncle as a tar boy and general hand on sheep stations, and he lived with the shearers. He worked hard and had a cheerful disposition. This annoyed one of the shearers so much that he challenged Doug to a fight, with the loser to hand over one weeks pay (30 shillings - $3). After six rounds the shearer who challenged him conceded defeat.


Sportsman

He played Australian Rules Football, he was recruited by the Carlton Football Club in the Victorian Football League but did not play because of the racism of the other players. From there he played for the struggling Northcote Football Club (now Richmond Central Amateur Football Club) for 5 years and was a member of their 1929 premiership team. In 1932 Doug joined Fitzroy Football Club where he remained until knee injuries forced him to retire in 1939. In 1940 he was back at Northcote as a non-playing coach. In 1935 he was the first Aboriginal player to be selected to play for the Victorian Inter-state Team. Jump to: navigation, search Australian rules football at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. ... The Carlton Football Club, nicknamed The Blues for their dark blue playing colours, is one of the oldest, richest, and most successful Australian rules football clubs. ... See also Australian Football League. ... Jump to: navigation, search A black man drinks out of a water fountain designated for black people in 1939 at a streetcar terminal. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1929 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1932 is a leap year starting on a Friday. ... The Fitzroy Football Club, latterly known as the Lions, was formed in 1883 and was a foundation member club of the Victorian Football League on its inception in 1897. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1939 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1940 was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article discusses transportation vehicles. ... 1935 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Playing football provided employment during the winter. To earn a living during the rest of the year, he boxed with Jimmy Sharman's Boxing Troupe, a travelling sideshow in which Sharman offered his fighters for challenge against all comers. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


He also made money in running races and in 1928 won the Waracknabeal Gift, following this race organisers paid him an appearance fee, board and expenses to enter races. Jump to: navigation, search 1928 was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ...


He was inaugural chairman of the National Aboriginal Sports Foundation.


Community work and Christian ministry

He was a lay preacher and social worker with Aboriginal people. Following his mother's death he took a renewed interest in Christianity and in 1935 he was conducting church and hymn services as a lay preacher at the Gore St. Mission Centre in Fitzroy. In religious organizations, the laity comprises all lay persons, i. ... Jump to: navigation, search Social Work is a profession carried out by trained professionals or Social Workers in many different countries . ... Australian Aborigines are the main indigenous people of Australia. ... Jump to: navigation, search Christianity is a monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament writings of his early followers. ... 1935 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... In religious organizations, the laity comprises all lay persons, i. ... Fitzroy is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ...


In 1941 he received his call-up notice and he joined the 29th Battalion but in 1942, at the request of the Fitzroy police, he was released from his unit to work as a social worker in the Fitzroy Aboriginal community. He cared for those trapped in alcohol abuse, gambling and other social problems. He helped those who were in trouble with the police. Jump to: navigation, search 1941 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search This article is about the year. ... A social worker is a person employed in the administration of charity, social service, welfare, and poverty agencies, advocacy, or religious outreach programs. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Jump to: navigation, search Gambling (or betting) is any behavior involving risking money or property (making a wager or placing a stake) on the outcome of a game, contest, or other event in which the outcome of that activity depends partially or totally upon chance or upon ones ability...


Indigenous people gathered to him and eventually the group was so large that he became the pastor of the first Aboriginal Church of Christ in Australia. The Churches of Christ in Australia is part of the Restoration Movement. ...


In 1957 he became a field officer for the Aboriginal Advancement League. He edited their magazine, Smoke Signals, and helped draw Aboriginal issues to the attention of Government officials and the general public. He pleaded for dignity for Aboriginal people as human beings. Support for the AAL grew rapidily. Jump to: navigation, search 1957 was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


He helped set up hostels for Aboriginal children, holiday homes for Aboriginal people at Queenscliff and was a founding member and Victorian Secretary of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI). Queenscliff is a small town that lies on the Bellarine Peninsula. ...


In 1968 he became a member of the new Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs in Victoria Jump to: navigation, search 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ...


Recognition

  • 1957 awarded a Member of the British Empire (M.B.E.).
  • 1962 he was chosen by the Father's Day Council of Australia as Victoria's Father of the Year for "outstanding leadership in youth and welfare work and for the inspired example he set the community in his unfailing efforts to further the cause of the Australian Aborigine".
  • 1968 he received an Order of the British Empire award (O.B.E.)
  • 1968 he met the Pope at the Ecumenical Conference held in Melbourne
  • 1970 was among Victoria's invited guests to greet the Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Australia.
  • 1972 he became the first Aboriginal person to be knighted and he and his wife Gladys travelled to London to receive that honour.
  • 1 December 1976, Sir Doug Nicholls was appointed as the 28th Governor of South Australia.

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Preceded by:
Sir Mark Oliphant, AC, KBE
Governor of South Australia
19761977
Succeeded by:
Sir Keith Seaman, KCVO, OBE

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Doug Nicholls (1041 words)
Sir Douglas Nicholls (Pastor) was born on December 9, 1906 on the Cumeroogunja mission in NSW.
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Then on December 1, 1976, Sir Doug Nicholls was appointed as the 28th Governor of South Australia.
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Nicholls spent five seasons with the Brickfielders during the outset of what proved to be their most auspicious era.
After his football career, Doug Nicholls was ordained as a pastor, and achieved much in public life, including a knighthood in 1972, and the governorship of South Australia.
In 1977, Nicholls was appointed coach of Glenelg, and managed to get the Tigers into the grand final in his first season; however, Port Adelaide proved just that bit too strong, and edged home by 7 points.
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