Sorry Business – Maurice Stewart

31 July, 2020

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council and the Office of the Registrar mourns the loss of La Perouse Elder, Maurice Stewart.

Maurice is a lifelong member of La Perouse LALC and served as Treasurer in the mid-1990s.

He was a passionate advocate for Aboriginal rights and worked in land rights for over 20 years.

Maurice was a proud Aboriginal Owner for Biamanga and Gulaga National Parks. In his role at the Office of the Registrar he provided expert advice to the LALC network about membership. 

He has also worked in other Australian and State government departments for many years assisting Aboriginal people and communities in critical areas of need including Education and Training, Hostel Accommodation, Housing and Infrastructure and general capacity building.

Maurice enjoyed the work that he was able to do and had a very strong commitment to improving the health and well-being of his people.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends at the Office of the Registrar and the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council.

Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.


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.