Archie Roach joined APRA in 1988, two years before the release of his landmark debut album Charcoal Lane. He was honoured with the prestigious Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music at the 2017 APRA Music Awards.
When journalist Stan Grant introduced the Ted Albert Award, he shared what Uncle Archie told him about 'Took the Children Away'.
"When I first wrote that, it was my story. Then I saw it as an Aboriginal story. And, now it’s an Australian story,” Archie said.
At the 2015 APRA Screen Music Awards, Uncle Archie and co-writer Shane Howard won Best Original Song Composed for the Screen for 'A Secret River' from The Secret River.
"I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Uncle Archie Roach’s passing and send my condolences to his family and to those who loved him. I’ve been fortunate enough to sing alongside him over the past 13 years, moments I treasure and hold close to my heart.
"Honesty when it materialises through song reminds us that we are the same when it comes to authentic emotions and basic human needs and rights.
"At the NATSIMO we celebrate and recognise Archie as one of our country's greatest songwriters, his extensive catalogue and countless achievements prove that he is more than worthy of that title. We love you, Uncle Archie. Until we meet again in the Dreamtime," Leah Flanagan, Director, National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Music Office.
"Archie was a singer song writer without peer. His natural ability with words that paint evocative pictures, ones that represented the emotional, the physical and the historical zeitgeist, that ability and the music that he produced as a result can’t be replaced.
"He was a man who carried a heavy load through his creativity and politics. He was the jongleur, the story teller that Australia needed … still needs … telling the truth in starkly realistic ways that made us cry and listen and try to understand.
"I will miss that craggy, husky, beautiful voice," said Jenny Morris, APRA Chair.