Jack Charles i(3 works by) (a.k.a. Jacky Charles)
Born: Established: 1943 Murray River, ;
Gender: Male
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Boonwurrung / Boonerwrung / Bunurong people
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Boonerung Elder, Jack Charles was born at the Cummeragunja Mission on the Murray River and was a child of the Stolen Generations. He was taken from his mother and spent many of his formative years in Melbourne boys' homes. Charles originally believed he was a Yorta Yorta man, but later discovered he belonged to the Bunurong people. In 1971 he co-founded the first Aboriginal theatre company, Nindethana, with Bob Maza.

Charles has acted in feature films, TV series and hundreds of plays including, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Bedevil, Ben Hall and the 1972 play Bastardy, about his own life. Bastardy is also the title of the 2008 film about Charles' life by filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson.

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