Charlie in Life
an extract from the memorial
Charlie, Gösta, was born in Sweden in 1960.
His father Ragnar, from a family in the Swedish nobility, was
a public figure in Sweden – lawyer, judge, Military Captain, UN Observer, 4 th
generation CEO of a family business.
Charlie’s mother Anna Lena, daughter of a professor of
physics, was a social worker and later worked in the family business. He has one
younger brother Andrew, born in 1962.
The family moved to Australia when Charlie was ten. He
attended various schools, completing his HSC at Richmond High School in 1979. He
studied Agricultural Science at Hawkesbury Agricultural College (now University
of Western Sydney).
Charlie travelled extensively throughout the world and loved
exploring, meeting people and learning about cultures and languages. He held
diverse jobs including waiter, administrator, chef, share farmer, avocado
farmer, stock rider, health worker, development worker and community worker.
In 1987 Charlie moved to Nan in northern Thailand to work
with Thai farmers on sustainable development and agriculture. This began his
love affair with the Mekong region and the people of Thailand and Laos, and his
work with CUSO, TERRA and Community Aid Abroad. Charlie and Christine married in
Thailand and had two daughters, Tina and Kari. They then lived for five years in
Charlie, Christine and the girls returned to Australia and
settled in Canberra in 1996. He and Christine separated, whilst remaining close
friends with a wonderful parenting partnership. Charlie worked extensively with
the community sector including ACTCOSS (where he was Deputy Director), Oxfam CAA,
ANTaR and the ACT Greens. He was a tireless proponent of indigenous rights and
maintained his commitment to the Mekong.
Charlie met Pam in 1996 thus forming the extended
Some articles on the web, by Charlie