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Lisa Bellear Lisa Bellear i(A27331 works by) (a.k.a. Lisa Marie Bellear; Noonuccal Bellear; Lisa Bellear (Noonuccal))
Born: Established: 2 May 1961 Melbourne, Victoria, ; Died: Ceased: 6 Jul 2006 Melbourne, Victoria,
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Nunukul / Noonuccal
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Lisa Bellear was a Goernpil woman of the Noonuccal people of Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island), Queensland. She was a poet, writer, visual artist, academic and social commentator who was actively involved in Indigenous affairs throughout Australia. She was an executive member of the Black Women's Action in Education Foundation (BWAEF) and was a volunteer broadcaster on 3CR community radio for eleven years on the 'Not Another Koori Show.' She completed a Bachelor of Social Work in 1986 and completed a Master of Arts (Womens Studies) in 1996 from the University of Melbourne.

An avid photographer, Bellear took thousands of photographs over the many years she had spent engaged with Indigenous affairs, both politically and socially. Bellear read at literary festivals, pubs and conferences across Australia and in the USA and was been published nationally in literary journals, newspapers and anthologies.

She died unexpectedly at her home in Melbourne, Victoria.



Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Aboriginal Country Nedlands : UWA Publishing , 2018 13858059 2018 selected work poetry

'Much of Lisa Bellear’s poetry is politics made eloquent. In Aboriginal Country many poems seem to spark with frustrated energy over Australia’s political crossed circuits regarding a treaty with our First Nations peoples – as promised by Prime Minister Hawke in 1988. Reading the title poem for the first time I was struck by its power. We are on Aboriginal Country in Australia. With subtle barbs she wakes us as to how the ‘ownership’ (via naming ‘rights’) of Australian public lands and monuments lauds absent white English royalty and ‘intrepid god fearing discoverers’. Yet in her closing lines the poet transforms this potential for bitterness into a moment of hushed respect for country.

– Jen Jewel Brown, Editor

'I am one of many Australians who never met Lisa Bellear, yet was shocked by her unexpected and tragic passing. These poems are her gift! In this collection the poems resonate her warrior spirit, and the spirit of Aboriginal Country, as was her wish.

– Ali Cobby Eckermann, Nunga poet and writer

'Lisa Bellear became a close friend when I studied and taught at Melbourne University from the mid-1990s. During that time she became renowned not only as a poet but also as a community photographer recording numerous events and people in the local Aboriginal community. Her sudden departure was a great shock to all who knew her, but she lives on in our memories because her poems and photographs are the powerful legacy she left us.

– Professor Gary Edward Foley, Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit, Victoria University' (Publication summary)

2008 winner Victorian Honour Roll of Woman *posthumously
The Dirty Mile : A History of Indigenous Fitzroy 2006 single work drama 'Take a walk through Fitzroy's Indigenous history and experience Indigenous people's strong and continuing historical, cultural and emotional connection to this place - from its Woiwurrung beginnings right up to the here and now. WW2 Munitions Workers, Atherton Estate locals before the High-rise, our sporting heroes, the Indigenous Fitzroy residents in the pubs, organisations, churches and back lanes. These snapshots of Fitzroy's Indigenous history the continuing theme of dispossession throughout our Indigenous experience and celebrate our social, political, cultural and sporting achievements - our resolve for self determination. Ilbijerri offers up to audience this unique Indigenous experience as an alternative to the Commonwealth games. ' Source: (Sighted 19/03/2006)
2006 winner Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards Outstanding Achievement in Literature
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