Skip to comments.'Naked nomad' who rejected civilization to wander the outback alone leaves a multi-million £ estate
Posted on 04/22/2008 12:20:10 AM PDT by LibWhacker
He walked naked through the Australian outback and died without clothes in a canoe in the jungle - but it was learned yesterday that the so-called 'Naked Nomad' had left behind a £2 million fortune.
Eccentric Victor Flanagan wandered the sun-scorched roads of Australia without a stitch of clothing, slipping on a simple sarong when he entered towns, a curious figure with shoulder-length greying hair who had rejected civilisation.
Everyone believed he was penniless, but it has now been revealed that Mr Flanagan had left behind land worth £2 million near Busselton, in Western Australia.
He had inherited the property from his father.
Now the home has been awarded to his sister, Violent Jenkins, by a judge who decided that the naked and dying white man found in a canoe in the tropical wilds of Papua New Guinea was Mr Flanagan - even though he had not been formally identified.
Mrs Jenkins told the West Australian Supreme Court, in a hearing to decide whether Mr Flanagan should be declared dead and his estate should be passed to her, that she last spoke to her brother in 1996 while he was living in Papua New Guinea, north of Australia.
He had moved there, she said, after years of wandering naked around outback Australia.
Her research into her brother's movements had led her to speak to loggers at a remote camp in Papua New Guinea. They told her they had found a naked man close to death in a canoe and descriptions of him had led her to believe he was her brother.
She learned the man had been buried in a mass grave in the Papua New Guinea town of Lae, where other unidentified people had been interred.
Supreme Court Judge Andrew Beech ruled that it was 'fair to say' that Mr Flanagan, who would have turned 57 this year, was dead.
"It is to be expected that he would have been in contact
with Mrs Jenkins if he were still alive' said the judge.
He once told reporters: 'My goal is simply to be in touch with nature," he said.
"I want to spend the rest of my life as a nomad, not owning land or food or anything individually but collectively owning it and sharing it with everyone in the universe."
I really don't know why some would think he would be "blessed", however. seems he was rather anti- human, self centered and caused grief to those who cared about him.
Isn’t that the guy who introduced every episode of Monty Python?
In the early 1990s, Mr Flanagan rejected possessions and began walking naked around Australia. I want to spend the rest of my life as a nomad, not owning land or food or anything individually but collectively owning it and sharing it with everyone in the universe, he said.Flaky maybe, but "anti-human" or self centered? Link?
sucks he died though. i imagine his end couldnt have been a good one.
its my opinion that some dope messed up his head some time ago.
I’m sure Victor’s dog wished he had cashed in and settled down.
I'm OK with that. Is there any chance we can convince them all to go live in a canoe in Papua New Guinea?
That photo shows me one thing: if I choose to move to Australia and become a naked nomad, I will lose my beer gut.
If that's her real name and it's not a mispelling of Violet, she and the nomad had strange parents also.
Mebbe she can rest easier now and the village will soon come to know the old, crabby woman living in the run down shanty at the edge of town as Notso...
Looks like that guy that swims with the alligators and sharks... Manny something?
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