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Herbert James (Dick) Henry (1936–1997)

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Herbert James (Dick or Dickie) Henry (1936-1997) bulldozer operator and Aboriginal activist 

Birth: 22 December 1936 at the Summervale Aboriginal Reserve, Walcha, New South Wales, son of James Herbert (Bert) Henry (1912-1980), and Elizabeth Jane, née Campbell (1914-1990). Marriage: to Thelma May Henry (1937-2014), a woman of the Jerrinja people of the NSW South Coast. They had eight children. Death: 10 April 1997 at Shellharbour, NSW. 

  • Worked as a bulldozer operator, professional fisherman, abalone diver, dockworker, roustabout, stockman, building labourer, fruit-picker and in soil conservation.
  • An Indigenous Australian who was active in the debate on the referendum to allow Aboriginal people to become citizens in 1967.
  • Involved in debates to have Indigenous peoples’ remains in museums returned to their lands.

Sydney Morning Herald
, 26 April 1997.

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22 December, 1936
Walcha, New South Wales, Australia


10 April, 1997 (aged 60)
Shellharbour, New South Wales, Australia

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