Archie Roach (born 1956, Mooroopna, Victoria) is an Australian musician. A singer, songwriter and guitarist, he survived a turbulent upbringing to develop into a powerful voice for Indigenous Australia, a storyteller in the tradition of his ancestors, and a nationally popular and respected artist.
In his own words, "I was born in Mooroopna, way there by the river bend... ". Mooroopna is an aboriginal word referring to a bend in the Goulburn river, near Warramboolin in southwest Victoria.
In 1956, Archie Roach's family, along with the rest of the areas indigenous population, were re-housed on a mission, built at nearby Framlingham. The Goulburn area was to be part of the itinerary of a visit from the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II of England, who it was thought should be shielded from the harsh reality of poverty stricken aboriginal life.
When still a very young child, Roach and his sisters, along with many other young people of the 'stolen generation' were forcibly removed from their family by Australian government agencies, and placed in an orphanage. They were eventually fostered by a family of Scottish immigrants in Melbourne...