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Louise Brown, Her Legacy Lives On


Louise Brown, Her Legacy lives on.

The Byron Bay community mourns the loss of local woman Louise Brown. Her life was cut tragically short last week when the Parisian apartment block where she lived while studying abroad caught fire.

Louise Brown was a human rights campaigner, artist, world traveller and philosopher. She was studying International relations and law on her path towards making a difference and inspiring others to do the same along the way.

Louise’s childhood dream was to one day live in Paris. She dreamed of becoming fluent in French and eventually working for the United Nations. Last year Louise was invited to a UNHCR convention in Geneva showing us that she was already well on the way to conquering her dream.

After high school Louise was ready to explore the world. She embarked on a spiritual journey seeking the knowledge and beauty of cultures and people everywhere she went. Louise saw lessons in all of her experiences and adapted what she learnt into her life, always growing and teaching those around her.  Once at uni Louise became the co president of UNSW Amnesty international club and was quoted as being one of the most humble and quietly strong people they had the privilege of knowing.

Come together this Saturday the 23rd of April for a garage sale, vegetarian snacks, chai and most of all to celebrate Louise’s life with us. Help us raise money to support the Brown family and the beginning of something bigger in Louise’s name!

Any donations or items you would like to contribute to help raise money are welcome. Bring them down or just yourself from 8 am to 16 Marvel Street Byron Bay.

Donations can also be made to the Common Ground Community Support Fund by direct deposits to

Donation Bank Details
Account Name: Common Ground Australia – Community Support Fund
Westpac – Mt Gravatt QLD
BSB: 034089
A/C #: 102307


Kirra Pendergast is the editor of Common Ground Australia. An award winning photographer, Kirra first picked up a camera at 12yrs old. Her photography has been widely published in everything from international newspapers through to Rolling Stone Magazine (which was a major bucket list tick) Kirra is always out capturing photographs of things as varied as the immense power and beauty of the ocean, storms, and the breathtaking landscapes of Northern NSW. Kirra's photographic passion is music, portraiture and street photography. Born and raised in Byron Bay, Kirra's family has spent generations in the Northern Rivers hailing from Lismore, Tuntable Falls, Tregagle and Byron Bay. Kirra is passionate about supporting local music, creatives, the arts and local business using Common Ground as a platform to promote this place, its people and their passion.


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