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Tiga Bayles

25 July 2020 // Tiga Bayles


Harold James Phillip "Tiga" Bayles Jr (6 October 1953 – 17 April 2016)  was a Birri Gubba Gungalu man and a Dawson River Murri. Raised in Theodore, Queensland, he was the son of a world renowned actor, vocalist, writer, musician, storyteller and activist Maureen Watson and Harold Bayles.

One of five brothers in 1970 together his family moved to Meanjin (Brisbane).

With his mother, Bayles established Radio Redfern, an Aboriginal radio program on Sydney community station Radio Skid Row. In 1982, he was involved with the Aboriginal movement protests around the 1982 Commonwealth Games.


Moving back to Brisbane, Bayles helped establish the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association (BIMA) which operated the radio station 98.9 FM (Brisbane), with the guidance of his Uncle Ross Watson.


Bayles hosted the program Let's Talk which intellectually interrogated issues relevant to First Nations people.

Tiga was an early chairman of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, and named Queensland Father of the Year in 2005. His work around decolonisation and invasion was recognised by Amnesty International’s inaugural media awards in 2014.

Tiga was deeply involved in the renowned Murri School in Brisbane’s Acacia Ridge, and served as its Chairman for many years, a role he held until his passing in 2016.

Bayles died of cancer on 17 April 2016, aged 62

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