In memory of Kane van Diermen

By Felicity Shepherd

Kane was proud gay Western Arrernte and Yawarawarrka man. He was boisterous, lively and irreverent. He was loved by all the students who knew him and we will deeply miss him.

In his memory his family have requested donations to Hutt St Centre. A fitting tribute to a man who wanted to make the world a better place, particularly for marginalized people.

Your tributes and will be passed on to his family.

Thank you to my Sponsors



With love and memories.


Lisa Charteris

Hello Felicity, I have just watched part of Kane's story on the ABC program, Movin to the Country. I was taken by Kanes' modest attitude, towards his contribution to Australias first peoples. When in fact, I think he played a major part. I was also very sad, to see the show dedicated to him, and hear of his death. Here is to many more people like Kane in our lives. Cheers Lisa


Angela Davey

Kane was the first and only person to offer accommodation to a friend of mine who was moving to Adelaide and didn’t have a place to stay. His only condition was that she was ‘LGBTQI friendly’. I never met him in person but I know that he was a kind and generous soul and he will be missed by so many people. Rest In Peace Kane.



From the few interactions with Kane, I could see that he was such a sweet soul and brought that loving energy into everything he did.


Felicity Shepherd

We miss you so much but we will carry you in our hearts. I hope I can break some of the hate and stigma you constantly had to fight to make healthcare and medicine more inclusive.