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Meeting Bonita
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In 1958, in a shanty town on the edge of a Queensland sugar plantation, Koiki Mabo met Bonita Nehow.

As with everything else in his life, Koiki was determined in his pursuit of Bonita.

He went back to his job on the railways in far west Queensland, and wrote to her frequently.

They kept up a weekly correspondence, and by the time they met again, they knew a great deal about each other through their letters.
...She was sixteen...
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1958
Mabo, Bonita, Mabo, Edward Koiki, marriage, Queensland
...your sincier penfriend...
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May, 12, 1959
love letters, Mabo, Bonita, Mabo, Edward Koiki, marriage, Queensland
...your very own...
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Jul, 17, 1959
love letters, Mabo, Bonita, Mabo, Edward Koiki, marriage, Queensland
...Love Letters...
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May, 4, 1959
love letters, Mabo, Bonita, Mabo, Edward Koiki, marriage
Love Letters Eddie to Bonita
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Apr, 4, 1959
love letters, Mabo, Bonita, Mabo, Edward Koiki
...love at first sight or what...
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Halifax, Mabo, Bonita, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo family
Stranger In A Strange Land
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1950s
exile, Mabo, Edward Koiki
More Love Letters
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1959
love letters, Mabo, Bonita, Mabo, Edward Koiki