Farewell Uncle Bob Sampson

22 March, 2010

Farewell Uncle Bob Sampson

It's with a heavy heart that I am the bearer of sad news. For communities that aren't aware, we've lost a tireless campaigner who has been involved in land rights, but also possessed many other qualities, skills and experiences that have helped to improve the plight of Aboriginal people across the nation.

Uncle Bob Sampson passed away last Thursday afternoon in Toronto.

Uncle Bob was known right throughout NSW, particularly within the land rights network. He was a founding and active member of Koompahtoo Local Aboriginal Land Council, and was chairperson for many of those years.

Uncle Bob played the key role of a guiding Elder in our community, and his loss will be keenly felt, particularly in my region.

He was a strong, proud Kamilaroi man who fought not only for land rights, but for social justice, human rights and self determination.

He will be sadly missed in NSW, particularly within the land council network, and across the nation.

My thoughts and prayers, and that of my colleagues at NSWALC, go out to Uncle Bob's immediate family - his wife Gail, his six boys, his grandchildren, family and extended family.

A memorial service will be held for Uncle Bob at the Toronto Foreshore, at 11am on Wednesday. All are welcome.

Uncle Bob's funeral will be held on Friday March 26 at the Caroona Mission, Walhallow Reserve.

Councillor Roy Ah-See
Sydney Newcastle Region
NSW Aboriginal Land Council


We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the lands where we work as well as across the lands we travel through. We also acknowledge our Elders past, present and emerging.

Artwork Credit: Craig Cromelin, from a painting he did titled, "4 favourite fishing holes". It is a snippet of his growing years on the Lachlan River, featuring yabby, turtle, fish and family.