Vale Col James


I joined the huge crowd who walked behind the hearse carrying Col James to the Redfern Community Centre on Saturday 1st March.  Here a wonderful wake and memorial service went on for hours as people celebrated the life of this great educator.  A wide cross section of people – local Redfern people, social justice activists,  academics, students and architects of all stripes - were there to honour the brilliant life of this ‘quiet revolutionary’. One of the many great speakers asked would Sydney University employ him if he applied for a job today? Probably not.  Thank God they did back then.  And he’s already in the history books. Vale Col (‘make housing a verb’) James. SMH Obit.

Posted on March 4, 2013 .