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Jimmy Little : 2-August-2014
Jimmy Little : 2-August-2014

Photographs supplied by Sandra Brown

The plaque commemorates Australian aboriginal musician James Oswald "Jimmy" Little, AO (1 March 1937 – 2 April 2012) who was an Australian Aboriginal musician, actor and teacher from the Yorta Yorta people and was raised on the Cummeragunja Mission, New South Wales.

From 1951 he had a career as a singer-songwriter and guitarist, which spanned six decades. For many years he was the main Aboriginal star on the Australian music scene. His music was influenced by Nat King Cole and American country music artist Jim Reeves. His gospel song Royal Telephone (1963) sold over 75,000 copies and his most popular album, Messenger, peaked at No. 26 in 1999 on the ARIA Album Chart.

On 2 April 2012 Little died at his home in Dubbo, aged 75 years.


Address:Fox Street (Castlereagh Highway) , Alex Trevallion Rotary Park , Walgett, 2832
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -30.034473
Long: 148.115768
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 2nd April, 2013
Front Inscription

Dr James (Jimmy) Oswald Little AO
The Gentleman Entertainer

Located across this "Country Road" there is buried a proud Australian Aboriginal man in the Anglican Portion Z11/12 of the Lawn Cemetery.

He gave much joy to thousands of people along with many that attended his concerts .

Dr Jimmy Little and his wife Marjorie Rose co-wrote the song "Australia Downunder" for the Australian soldiers serving in the Vietnam War.

He never got to sing in Vietnam with his mate Col Joye and the many others that did, but the lyrics will always be remembered.

Take a stroll over the road and pay your respects to this great Australian Aboriginal legend.

On this day, this special commemorative plaque was blessed and unveiled by Clarence Ormsby Vietnam War Veteran, JP NSW  and Chaplain Lt Col James Newton (RTD) and supported by many entertainers and fans across Australia.

Jimmy we call you on the "Royal Telephone"

Thank you for the music

2 April 2013

Source: MA
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