Uncle Jack Charles
Uncle Jack Charles has died this morning. On country and with family.
He could often be seen at theatres and around Melbourne.
We will never see his like again.
First Nations Elder and advocate.
Child of countless generations of ancestors.
A member of the Stolen Generation. He made it to 79 years of age. Old, but not old enough.
Co-founder of Australia's first Indigenous-led theatre group, Nindethana in Melbourne, in the 1970s. Esteemed actor and writer. Uncle Jack was our countryman, a man who contributed to Australian culture and life. Our country and culture and life.
This is a sad loss, and so soon after Uncle Archie Roach.
*Name used with permission of the family as noted in media reports.