Ballarat Heritage Services, Bakery Hill Post Office
Wooden plate decorated with Aboriginal design by Bill Onus.
William (Bill) ONUS (15 November 1906-1968)
Born Cummeragunja Aboriginal Reserve, Murray River, New South Wales
In 1952 Bill Onus and his brother Eric established "Aboriginal Enterprise Novelties" with his brother, Eric, to produce boomerangs, woomeras, fabrics and greeting cards imprinted with Aboriginal motifs. He ran the business from his small factory and shop at Belgrave in the Dandenong Ranges. To promote his wares Bill Onus toured widely in Victoria and beyond as a travelling showman, giving demonstrations of boomerang-throwing, which he advocated as a national sport. (ADB)
Bill Onus adopted similar imagery to that which appeared in mass-produced indigenised design; however, he used such works to draw attention to his political work with the ‘Committee for Aboriginal Citizen Rights’ and the ‘Australian Aborigines League.’
William McLintock (Lin) Onus is the son of Bill Onus.
Inscriptions & Markings
Stamped on back
"Made in Australia