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The Salway family, 2020

Dion Georgopoulos

Living Memory Finalist

Aaron Salway, in front of the ridge where his father, Robert, and brother, Patrick, died on New Year's Eve 2019 protecting their property in Wandella, New South Wales. Aaron holds Patrick's blond-haired son, Harley, who at two years of age is too young to understand what has happened. It is clear Aaron didn't have the luxury of grief as he spoke candidly about the recent tragedy – there was an unspoken emotional burden to be lifted, but it would have to wait. 'We're all feeling numb, to be honest', he said. 'We're hurting bad. And we've cried. But we've got to keep going.'

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Living Memory

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