Judith Elizabeth Hanna

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Judith Elizabeth Hanna (1954 – 2021) was born in Nowra, New South Wales, Australia to Jack Hanna and Valmai St Clair, the eldest sister to John, Peter, Julian, Zena and Roslyn.  Judith was schooled in various places including New Guinea, due to her father’s postings as a naval aviator.  She was twelve when her family settled on a sheep farm in Kojonup.  Judith studied Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Western Australia in Perth.  When Judith was living with her grandfather in Sydney she met Joseph Nicholas. Following a move to the UK, Judith and Joseph were married in 1983.  Judith was an activist, working for a range of organisations including Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) and the Campaign for Better Transport.  She also worked on social policy at English Nature/Natural England. Her beliefs in an equitable, decent, inclusive and sustainable society were equally embedded in her personal life. An avid gardener and owner of an allotment at Elmar Road, Judith initiated seed swaps and organised people locally to plant and care for neglected areas of land.  She was at the centre of the local community in Tottenham, London.

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Celebrant: Kate Hobson
Tribute to Judith Hanna delivered at a humanist funeral arranged by their family (2021)