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Bellamy, Suzanne Margaret (Sue) (1948–2022)

by Ben Hagen

Suzanne Bellamy, by Damian McDonald, 2000

Suzanne Bellamy, by Damian McDonald, 2000

National Library of Australia, 22932457

I write now, however, with the sad news that Suzanne Bellamy, a friend and spiritual traveling companion to so many in the international Woolf community, passed away peacefully a little after midnight, this past Monday morning, Australian time.

Suzanne was particularly delighted that she had been able to participate in a panel at this year’s Woolf conference with Elisa Kay Sparks, Davi Pinho, and Maria Oliveira. Those of us who attended that virtual panel were struck by the power of the work she shared with us that day.

Though very ill, she was able to stay at home until last Wednesday. She was “completely present,” a friend reports, until Saturday, discussing lists of people to notify and what to do about artwork, etc. before she slipped into a quiet coma from which she did not wake up.

Suzanne was born 22 September 1948. Her friends in Australia are making sure that her property is secured and her artwork taken care of, fulfilling the requests in her will. They will gather together for a major celebration of Suzanne’s life in September, around her birthday and the solstice. As some of you know, much of Suzanne’s work—journals, artworks, and films about the Australian women’s movement—have already been sorted and placed in the Australian National Archives.

On behalf of the IVWS, I send condolences to all members who knew Suzanne, treasured her friendship and guidance, and benefited from the light she brought with her wherever she traveled. To those who did not know Suzanne, I hope you will have a chance in the coming weeks and months and years to learn about her artwork, her Woolf scholarship, her political activism, her goodness, her power, and her love.

* Ben Hagen is president of the International Virginia Woolf Society. https://bloggingwoolf.org/2022/06/23/in-memoriam-to-suzanne-bellamy-artist-writer-scholar-feminist-pioneer/ - accessed 27 June 2022

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Ben Hagen, 'Bellamy, Suzanne Margaret (Sue) (1948–2022)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/bellamy-suzanne-margaret-sue-32637/text40511, accessed 13 August 2022.

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