Archie Roach remembered as a truth-teller and activist who gave voice to many

Songman Archie Roach has been remembered as the voice of generations and a truth-teller whose death is a loss to his community and the world.

The Gunditjmara (Kirrae Whurrong/Djab Wurrung), Bundjalung Senior Elder, songman and storyteller died at the age of 66 after a long illness.

His sons said Uncle Archie died surrounded by his family and loved ones at Warrnambool Base Hospital in Victoria.

His family has granted permission for his name and image to be used so that his legacy will continue to inspire.

“There aren’t adequate words to sum up the loss of Uncle Archie Roach, to the Community, to the nation or indeed the world,” the First People’s Assembly of Victoria said.

“Rest in power, Uncle, we’ll see you in the Dreamtime.”

Uncle Archie was appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in 2015.(AAP: Tracey Nearmy)

Uncle Archie was born in Mooroopna in Victoria. A member of the Stolen Generations, he was only three when he was forcibly removed from his family.


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