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Robert Tudawali (1930–1967)
Robert Tudawali was born on Melville Island in the Northern Territory. He worked for both the air force and the army during the Second World War. After the War he became the world's first Aboriginal film star. He had one of the main roles in the film Jedda, which was first shown in Darwin in 1955. He then starred in the movie Dust in the Sun and in many television films in the 1960s. He found it very hard to return to the life of an ordinary person after having been a star. Later he became ill with a disease of the lungs. He died in an accident in Darwin in 1967.
A street is named after him and a film was made about his life in 1987.