A letter to Hazel Hawke… can you add to it? 3



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On the day of Hazel Hawke’s memorial, we just want to say thank you.


Thank you for being so inspiring to women. You had such dignity and strength as the women behind the prime minister. You battled infidelity and divorce so gracefully in the public spotlight while remaining focused on raising your children.


You were a passionate pianist, patron of the arts and worked tirelessly for social issues and advocated strongly for many women’s issues.  In later life you were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and showed your strength in your tremendous work to raise awareness about the disease.


Today you will be remembered and your life celebrated in one the places you loved the most, the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.


Hazel, you are a true inspiration for Australian women. Thank you for showing us what it means to make the most out of every moment in life and show strength, grace and dignity in the face of adversity.


We will miss you.

Kate Chaundy

Kate Chaundy is a writer on the Starts at Sixty Editorial Team. "I spend my time seeking out, researching and writing on the topics our over 60 community ask about". Kate has more than 13 years in marketing and communications and a lifetime of experience as the daughter of baby boomers.

  1. She was a wonderful woman with true class and dignity. She walked on the world stage as a Prime Ministers wife but was so much more. Hazel Hawke took her place in Australian Society and people loved her. RIP Hazel Hawke

  2. Hazel you have set the bar high for women, I just wish we had your sane and level head here today to talk some sense into certain people these days.

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