This week we lost a compassionate and caring member of the Noongar community who has been a close part of many people’s lives in Western Australia.
Reverend Sealin Garlett loved his community and was loved in return.
His story is one familiar to Indigenous Australians. He persevered through prejudice and overcame bitterness to bring peace and a sense of belonging to many.
As a founding member of the Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation, he advocated for survivors and their families, of which he was tragically one.
Without warning he was taken from his parents at the age of six where he spent 12 years in the Mogumber Methodist Mission and in foster care.
His strength of character helped him through incredibly difficult times in his early life and through his experience, Sealin brought hope and inspiration to his people.
Being called to service in 1979, he shared the love of God through the Uniting Church in Australia and for decades has provided guidance and care to those most in need.
He spent much of his life ensuring Noongar culture and language was known. His fluency inspired many Noongar to keep the language thriving and to proudly display their culture.
Sealin’s was a life well lived and it is fitting that he was recognised as a Member of the Order of Australia in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his significant service to the community.
He will be dearly missed by the Noongar people and the wider Western Australia community for the difference he made in the lives of others.