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Who is Lisa Bellear?

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By Gwylym Owen

Lisa (Marie) Bellear (2 May 1961 in Melbourne, Victoria – 5 July 2006 in Melbourne) was an Indigenous Australian poet, photographer, activist, spokeswoman, dramatist, comedian and broadcaster. She was a Goernpil woman of the Noonuccal people of Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island), Queensland. Her uncles were Bob Bellear, Australia’s first Indigenous judge, and Sol Bellear who helped to found the Aboriginal Housing Corporation in Redfern in 1972.

Bellear was adopted into a white relations as a baby and was told she had Polynesian heritage. As an adult she explored her Aboriginal roots.

Bellear died shortly at her home in Melbourne. She was 45 years old. She was buried at Mullumbimby cemetery.

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