Tributes are flowing for highly respected Arrernte man Harold Furber who passed away peacefully in Mparntwe Alice Springs last week surrounded by his family.

A member of the Stolen Generations Harold was removed from his family, who were living in the Gap cottages, as a small boy and taken to Croker Island in the Top End.

“One thing that stands out and you’ll remember for the rest of your lives is the Grandmothers and the mothers screeching while welfare picked up the kids.” Owen Cole – former Gap resident.

The old Gap abattoir.

Harold Furber was a gun footballer with North Adelaide. “He told me that he had played with some of the best players that had pulled on a guernsey for Pioneers!” – Owen Cole.

1977 CAFL Premiers – Pioneers. Harold Furber (seventh from left, top row) was a part of 1977 premiership side. Picture: copyright Paul Wiles 2021

Former St Kilda and Brisbane Bears player Gilbert McAdam talks with Harold about his time playing football and his role in helping to grow and develop Aboriginal self-determination in Central Australia.

Gilbert McAdam former St Kilda and Brisbane Bears player. Picture: CAAMA/caamapwphoto copyright.

Harold was the definition of a political activist – he was really aggressive when it came to Indigenous art and culture.

“We were too grouchy old bastards together” – Owen Cole

Harold Furber. Picture: CAAMA/copyright caamapwphoto 2021

Listen to the full tribute from Owen Cole here:

Vale: Harold James Furber 8th August 1952 – 5th November 2021