Indigenous Activist Bonita Mabo Has Died

Prominent Indigenous and South Sea Islander activist Bonita Mabo has died just days after receiving an award for her work in human rights.

The wife of Eddie Mabo and a mother of 10, she worked alongside her husband for the pursuit of Indigenous land rights.

In a statement, the Australian South Sea Islander Alliance said Australia has lost "one of the greatest matriarchs of all time".

"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."

Bonita Mabo with Australian actor Deborah Mailman and Festival director Nashen Moodley. Image: AAP

Just last week, Mabo was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters from James Cook University in recognition of her 45 years of service to the indigenous community and people of the Pacific Islands.

The university's chancellor Bill Tweddell said her acceptance of the award was "an honour to the university".

“We can all take inspiration from Bonita’s courage and determination," he said.

More to come.