Statement on Behalf of the Australian Indigenous Archaeologists Association

It is with great regret we are saddened to inform the Australian archaeological community that our colleague and brother Steve Free passed away Friday 9 May 2014. Steve suffered a massive heart attack and although receiving the best quality care possible in Canberra hospital, passed away peacefully surround by close family. Steve is survived by two sons, Troy and Leon. We, his indigenous colleagues at AIAA are in deep mourning. We recognise Steve had big dreams not only for our association, but for the Aboriginal cause in Australian archaeology. We will endeavour to keep Steve’s aspirations for Aboriginal communities involved in archaeology alive and meaningful. For more information about the funeral for Steve please email David Johnston: