Vale Uncle Mark Flanders!
With the permission of Uncle Mark’s family, we acknowledge and pay respect to the life of Uncle Mark Flanders who passed away 26/05/2021.
A proud Gumbaynggirr man, respected elder, custodian and cultural knowledge holder. Uncle Mark was an ambassador of the Gumbaynggirr nation and it’s people. Uncle Mark’s legacy extends to every corner of the Gumbaynggirr nation, and beyond through his role as a Discovery Ranger with NSW Parks where he delivered a range of cultural education programs and experiences.
Uncle Mark was also a Senior Cultural Heritage Officer with the CH&DLALC and through this role passionately advocated and protected Gumbaynggirr cultural sites and objects through heritage assessments and identification.
We have lost an irreplaceable and tremendous book of knowledge from the living library of the Gumbaynggirr people. He was a respected member of the Garby and Galambirla-Guuyu elders.
You’ve done us proud Uncle. We love you, and will miss you dearly here at the CH&DLALC. We will remember everything you’ve taught us, and will continue the legacy you’ve so generously gave to us. The legacy of a life committed to protecting, living and sharing our Gumbaynggirr culture, knowledge and country.
Yaanyjing yuludarlala (walking in the dreaming)