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On your bike, Patty

patty paper jpeg 2Former Alice Springs resident Patty Meade would have been an Internet celebrity had she not died before the advent of the search engine.

Not only did Patty attract media attention after, in 1998, she organised a ‘pre-wake’ before her imminent demise, posing for photographers in a cardboard coffin while friends gathered round toasting her with champagne. She was also a champion of the ‘right’ not to wear bicycle helmets, her long campaign resulting in the still-current ‘Clayton’s’ law on helmets.

Interestingly, Patty’s brief moment in the national spotlight arose from neither her libertarian beliefs nor her apparently frivolous approach to her impending death – although both relate to it. Patty was the subject of a 15 minute interview I conducted with her that appeared on Radio National’s Life Matters, also in 1998. I was talking to Patty about her choice to forego treatment for breast cancer. (more…)

Apr 07, 2015 | Categories: At the Centre, Features | Leave A Comment »

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Former Alice Springs resident Patty Meade would have been an Internet celebrity had she not died before the advent of the search engine. Not only did Patty attract media attention after, in 1998, she organised a ‘pre-wake’ before her imminent demise, posing for photographers in a cardboa...

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