Paul Joseph was a warm & engrossing local man who epitomised the Age of Aquarius.
Paul Joseph was a warm & engrossing local man who epitomised the Age of Aquarius. TERRY STORMON U3A LISMORE

Paul Joseph 'driving force' for new-age community in Nimbin

UPDATE 3.30pm: TRIBUTES continue to stream in for one of the  Aquarius Festival founders, Paul Joseph

Aquarius Festival organiser Graeme Dunstan said he first met Paul Joseph when he travelled to the North Coast in search of a site for the 1973 festival.  

"We sat down and talked about this vision we had for the festival and he seemed to be thinking along similar lines," he said.  

"He literally rolled up his mat and hopped in the car and came away with us and became part of this festival entourage.  

"The role he was to play was song man, but he was much more than a performer. He was a visionary of what was possible."  

Mr Dunstan said his long-time friend was the driving force behind a permanent site to build a new-age community in Nimbin.  

"After the festival, he called a meeting in the Nimbin hall about establishing a commune, which became Tuntable Falls," he said.   

"Eventually we acquired it thanks to Paul's entrepreneuring."  

Lismore City councillor Simon Clough said Mr Joseph was an extraordinary human being he had the privilege of knowing for more than 40 years.  

He said he first met Mr Joseph at the Nimbin Aquarius Festival in 1973 and together they worked on a number of collaborative projects.  

"He's just been an extraordinary human being in so many ways, in politics, in music, in leadership, and always coming from a place of extraordinary heart and love for the earth and all her creatures," Cr Clough said.  

"He was an extraordinary musician, composer; he was capable of inspiring people through his music both at the Aquarius festival and at Terania.   


INITIAL: ONE of the founding fathers of the Aquarius Festival movement in Nimbin, Paul Joseph, has passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Tributes have flown thick and fast for the Rainbow Region's colourful character.

Doug Kelly wrote "Rest in peace my friend. It was an honour to know you".

Maxx Maxted said "I phone you too late this morning, little brother. Have a safe passage. May the long time sun shine upon you, all love surround you, and the pure light within you guide your way home."

Rose James said "See you next time around old friend. You did well this life. You were greatly loved. Bon voyage."

Silke Says said "Paul you will be living on in my heart forever… you moved on now and I hope your last days were peaceful and you were surrounded by all that loved you so."

The Aquarius Songman travelled Australia with the White Company promoting the original Aquarius Festival in 1973.

In April, Mr Joseph said his Aquarius Songman performance at the Nimbin Bush Theatre may well be his "own final performance" since his stage 4 lung cancer had metastasised into his lymph system.

But he remained optimistic, saying "I don't discount the option for miracles and am receiving wonderful support and treatment from Lismore Cancer Clinic."

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