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Bonita Mabo dies days after human rights accolade

The memorial to Eddie Mabo. His wife Bonita has also passed away. Photo: AAP
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Prominent Indigenous and South Sea Islander activist Bonita Mabo has died.

Mabo was the wife of Eddie Mabo and worked alongside him for the pursuit for Indigenous land rights.

Just days ago, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from James Cook University for her contribution to social justice and human rights.

In a statement, The Australian South Sea Islander Alliance said she “will be greatly missed” and “Australia has lost one of the greatest matriarchs of all time”.

In a statement, The Australian South Sea Islander Alliance said she would “be greatly missed”.

“Aunty Bonita’s contribution to social justice and human rights for First Nations People and the Australian South Sea Islander recognition was monumental and relentless,” the statement read.

“A formidable ‘Woman Tanna’, Aunty Bonita will be greatly missed as Australia has lost one of the greatest matriarchs of all time.”

More to come.