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Susan (Sue) Margaret Salthouse 14 July 1949 – 20 July 2020
A State Memorial Service was held to celebrate the life of Susan (Sue) Margaret Salthouse at 10.30am on Tuesday 11 August 2020.
Sue was a fierce and passionate advocate for people with a disability and in particular, women with a disability. Her life was one of service and contribution to her community, and she worked for greater recognition of the enormous contribution women with disability make to the workplace and in leadership roles.
Sue was a proud member of the disability sector, and a huge part of the rich fabric and diversity of Australian society. She devoted the past 25 years of her life to redress the balance and break down barriers for participation for people with disability, and showed an unwavering commitment to promoting an inclusive Canberra community.
She was authentic, honest and faithful, to the cause and to her friends and family, and she was a champion, for ideas and for people, and someone who stepped in front to take on leadership and speak truth to power. Sue leaves behind a huge void in our community but her legacy will continue through the people she has touched.
We apologise the live stream was delayed due to technical issues. The full State Memorial Service recording is now available below.
The family welcomes messages of condolence in Sue’s memory. Please use the submit button below to leave a personal message in the online Condolence Book.
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When I first met Sue I was drawn to her sense of humour, her independence and her intelligence . She was a shining light at Our Watch Ambassador meetings. I learned a great deal from her lived experience and fierce activism. I cannot imagine what her family and friends are going through. My thoughts are with them Vale Sue, you magnificent woman.
Sue, You were a wonderful teacher,leader and friend. People with disabilities will always be in debt to you. I admire you so much and will miss you
I am so grateful Sue, for all that you achieved in your remarkable life. We will see the positive impact of your legacy of compassion and commitment for years to come.
Claire Chambers (nee Taylor)
Sue, I did not have the honour of meeting you, but I had looked forward to doing that very much as soon as I got the chance to come to Canberra. I am deeply saddened by the news of your passing, and also by the realisation that I shall not ever have the opportunity to get to know you, and perhaps have a good laugh with you as well. I hesitated to leave a condolence, as we had not met. But having watched both of the beautiful ceremonies for you this week, and read the other condolences, I feel I have a much better understanding of just how extraordinary you were, of the obstacles you overcame, and of the incredible life you lived. Your determination to fight for justice and equality resonate strongly with me, and many of the activist and feminist elements in your life reminded me of my own mother and her friends in New Zealand. I look forward to learning a lot more about you and your life, in time, from your lovely daughter Lu. My son, Chris Chambers, is Lu's partner. Rest in peace Sue.
Multicultural Centre for Women's Health
We at MCWH send our condolences to everyone in the Prevention of Violence Against Women with Disabilities Advisory Group, to Sue’s colleagues and loved ones in ACT, and people in the disability community.
Sue, how wonderful it was to share with so many online this celebration of your life. When we drummed, you were always one of the first on the dance floor. One of our favorite Hit n Miss gigs was your 70th grand shabang. We would have all been at the service to play in your honor if we could fit.
To Sue's family. Thank you for inviting Hit n Miss to be part of this memorial.
Sue, we will heed Christina's (and WWDACT and WWDA's) call to DO SOMETHING. Haunt us if we don't :)
I have known you my entire life. I have been so lucky to have had you as such a strong female role model and friend. You gave so much to so many. I will miss you. Until we meet again. Love Cass
I don’t know that there are enough words to truely describe the amazing woman Sue was, inspirational, a fighter, a pioneer, courageous, fearless to name just a few. She left her mark where ever she went and touched who ever she came in contact with. The world has lost a shining light. Gone but never forgotten.
Dearest cousin Sue, your ability to succeed and enjoy life despite adversity, is an inspiration to us all.
Together with Max and Peg you will live in my heart forever.
Sue was amazing. When I moved to Canberra, there were a handful of women with disabilities who I became friends with and Sue turned out to be one of the most influential teachers in my life.
She taught me that being in a wheelchair is only a barrier if you let it.
She taught me how not to be so judgmental and, when I am, to keep it to myself.
She taught me how to aim to be subtle and to do it continuously.
She taught me that when subtlety doesn’t not work, to use a sledgehammer.
She taught me how to be respectful of people’s diversity and how to respect their diverse opinions.
She taught me how to listen and use that information in a positive way.
She taught me how to not be angry, but passionate.
She taught me how to be an advocate for others, and to be an advocate for myself.
She taught me to forgive, but never to forget.
I will remember all the things she has taught me and try to teach the people in my life.