One of Ballarat's most creative people, Susie Surtees is remembered for her generosity

By Aurora Jane, Susie Surtees' Daughter
Updated September 27 2018 - 3:34pm, first published 3:00pm

This week I returned Susie Surtees’ last library book. Walking out of the Ballarat Library into the crisp spring air, I sensed a closing on the final chapter of my late mother’s remarkable creative life; at least, as read and written by her. Throughout life, books were Susie’s constant companions. Ever curious, inquisitive and thirsty for knowledge, Susie had a final book on hold at the time of her passing: The Patterning Instinct - A cultural history of humanity’s search for meaning. This book title personifies the spirit of my creative, intellectual childhood, adolescence and adult life as guided by my incredible mother.

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