IT SADDENS me to learn through your paper (NDL , September 24) of the passing of Moree man, Arthur Murray.
I first met Arthur and his wife Leila through my attendance at the meetings of the NSW Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Watch Committee which held meetings in Sydney back in 1987. I was 18 years old and learning about the issue of Aboriginal deaths in custody was deeply disturbing to me at the time, as an Australian-born non-indigenous Sydneysider who had then hardly ever met any Aboriginal people.
Arthur and also his late wife Leila were always kind and generous with their time and conversation with me and I would like their family to know that they are both well-remembered here in Sydney.
My condolences go out to all the Murray adult children and also to those who knew him and are in mourning.
I am sorry I could not be in attendance at the funeral in Wee Waa on Wednesday, October 3.