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Uncle Jack Charles will receive a state funeral in Victoria next month

The Victorian Government has confirmed that revered former Aborigine, actor and activist Uncle Jack Charles will bid farewell with a state funeral next month.

Charles died aged 79 earlier this month while surrounded by family and loved ones at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. The Boon Wurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, Woiwurrung and Yorta Yorta man was admitted to hospital on September 13 after suffering a stroke.

Yesterday (September 26), Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that Charles’ family had accepted the Government’s offer to honor him with a state funeral, which will take place at Hamer Hall in Melbourne on October 18. survivor and no Victorian quite like Uncle Jack Charles,” Andrews said in a statement.

“He leaves behind a legacy – a legacy of deep honesty, survival and reconciliation – and one that every Victorian can be proud of.” In keeping with the family’s wishes and Charles’ own activism within Victoria’s justice system, funerals can be seen in jails, remand centers and juvenile justice centers across the state.

Ticketing and live stream details for Charles’ funeral will be available in the coming weeks, with accessible updates here. Following his death, Charles’ publicist shared a statement via ABC, referring to his lasting legacy following a decades-long career spanning film, theater, music and activism.

“He will live on in our hearts and memories,” the statement read, “May he be welcomed by his ancestors when he returns home.” Sharing more details about the NAIDOC Male Elder of the Year winner, the statement revealed Charles bid farewell to Country at the time of his passing, with a smoking ceremony held at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Tributes to Charles – who was known for his screen roles in Jimmie Blacksmith’s Song, Blackfellas, wolf creek, Intelligent man, Preparers and more, and campaigning for causes such as Raise The Age, among others – flooded in the days following his passing. Rapper Yorta Yorta Briggs, actor Meyne Wyatt and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese were among those who took to social media to honor Charles.