Woman Bedwin, Hazel Napier


Disability rights activist

Written by Caitlin Stone, The University of Melbourne

Hazel Bedwin (nee Thompson) was born in about 1918. As a child, she developed rheumatoid arthritis. She was co-founder of the Civilian Maimed and Limbless Association and vice-president of the New South Wales branch.

In 1953, she met and married Hugh Bedwin and together they opened a workshop in Sydney to provide employment for disabled people. She also lobbied to improve access to parks and other public places for people with disabilities.

Hazel Bedwin was appointed MBE in 1960 for her work as Secretary of the New South Wales Civilian Limbless Association. She died in Sydney in 1974.

Published Resources


  • Ewing, Eileen E., Can't I? Just watch me! A Biography of Hazel Bedwin, M.B.E., Landvale Enterprises, South Yarra, Victoria, 1981. Details

Online Resources

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