Australia Much-loved mother Samantha Fraser farewelled at Phillip Island memorial service

13:59  10 august  2018
13:59  10 august  2018 Source:   theage.com.au

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Ms Fraser was a much-loved member of the Cowes community.© Supplied Ms Fraser was a much-loved member of the Cowes community. They gathered in the Phillip Island sunshine in their hundreds: parents holding their children’s hands, elderly couples, mothers, fathers and teenagers.

At an auditorium on Phillip Island on Friday afternoon, more than 400 people came together in their shared grief to remember a mother taken too young.

Samantha Fraser, 38, a mother of three and a loved sibling and daughter, was farewelled at a memorial service in her home of Phillip Island.

More than 400 people gathered to pay tribute to Ms Fraser.© AAP More than 400 people gathered to pay tribute to Ms Fraser. She was found dead in her Cowes home on July 23 by police who went to the house to do a welfare check after she did not arrive to pick up her children from school.

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The body of mother -of-three Samantha Fraser was discovered in her garage on Phillip Island , south of Melbourne, last Monday. The 38-year-old's family and friends have since rallied around her children and vowed to improve services for domestic violence victims in the area.

Ten days later, Ms Fraser's former partner Adrian Basham was arrested in the state's east and charged with her murder. He appeared in Bairnsdale Magistrates Court on August 2 and has been remanded in custody and is to face a Latrobe Valley magistrate on January 10.

The memorial booklet given to those who attended Friday's service showed a glowing 'Sam' beaming into the camera, her smile wide and blonde hair tied back.

Local residents have hung white ribbons around the town of Cowes following Ms Fraser's death as part of a campaign against domestic violence.© Chris Hopkins Local residents have hung white ribbons around the town of Cowes following Ms Fraser's death as part of a campaign against domestic violence. Attendees wore small white ribbons pinned to their tops, a small representation of their support to end violence against women and children.

They had gathered to remember a woman who was ingrained in the local school community. The gifted piano player and trained psychologist was known to her patients as an incredible listener who went out of her way to help, talking to them on them phone for hours.

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She was elegant, stylish and completely dedicated to her two daughters and son, all aged under 10.

The Cowes main street, normally a busy tourist hub, was unusually quiet for a sunny Friday as shop owners locked up for the afternoon and made their way to pay tribute to Ms Fraser.

Mourners embraced after the memorial service ended.© AAP Mourners embraced after the memorial service ended. Her favourite cafe, G’Day Tiger was shut, as were other stores in the strip.

At the same time, almost 500 kilometres away, the regional town where Ms Fraser grew up was showing its solidarity too.

Swan Hill, in the state’s north-west, may be the polar opposite to the coastal hamlet of Cowes but the two places are connected by the abundance of white ribbons of trees, letterboxes, shopfronts and businesses.

Several weeks after Ms Fraser's death, Cowes is a community still reeling but also galvanised. And their calls for change are being heard.

On Wednesday, White Ribbon Australia chief executive Tracy McLeod sent a message to the Phillip Island community to throw the organisation's weight behind their efforts to raise awareness and drive action.

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The three children wrote 'we love you' on a patchwork quilt made in her memory , with one of them also leaving a message on a ribbon hung at a memorial to her late mother . Ms Fraser 's was discovered in her garage on Phillip Island , south of Melbourne, on July 23.

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“I am totally devastated to have heard the news,” she told them. “We want you to know we are here to listen and support you. The white ribbon is a symbol of hope and unity in a sign of grief.

People gather after a memorial service in memory of Samantha Fraser on Phillip Island on Friday.© AAP People gather after a memorial service in memory of Samantha Fraser on Phillip Island on Friday. “Let us not let the circumstances of Sam's death be in vain. She's left a legacy. White Ribbon will continue to fight for Australian women and children to be free from violence and abuse at the hands of men. Please know you're not alone.”

The state member for Bass Brian Paynter,  a White Ribbon ambassador, also aired the community’s efforts, telling parliamentthis week: “Domestic violence against women [has] reared its ugly head again, this time on Phillip Island ...

“Known as a beautiful mother, friend, sister and daughter, the strong and caring Phillip Island community is now in mourning.

"The community is also angry. There is a call for a change to laws surrounding domestic violence, the addition of CCTV cameras on the island and a women’s refuge. This won't bring Sam Fraser back to her family but it may well prevent another such tragedy.

“The Phillip Island community is strong and resilient. It will fight back from this tragic incident, advocate loudly for change for the Fraser family and rally behind them strongly," he said.

A fundraiser for her three children, set up days after Ms Fraser died, has raised almost $88,000.

Friends are also collecting written memories from each other to make into a book to give to her children when they are older.

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