Honour Adele Bailey at The Victorian Pride Centre

Honour Adele Bailey at The Victorian Pride Centre

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In 1978, Adele Evelyn Bailey disappeared at the age of 23.

Ms Bailey was a trans woman of colour who worked as a sex worker during the 1970s in St.Kilda, where the current Victorian Pride Centre is due to open soon. This centre will be the second-largest Pride Centre in the world and it is being built in the place where Adele Bailey lived and worked, facing extreme marginalisation at the hands of police and society. When Ms Bailey feared for her safety, she moved to country Victoria in Bonnie Doon where she later disappeared.

The remains of Adele Bailey were found in 1995 in a mineshaft in Bonnie Doon. The location was very near a property belonging to a police officer who had previously arrested her in St.Kilda in May of 1978. Her sister also claimed she had written to her stating she had a sexual relationship with this police officer and she worried for her safety. She was due to give evidence against an undercover police officer but disappeared prior to her court date. No charges were ever brought. The coroner has stated there is insufficient evidence he was involved in her death. 

Adele Bailey was taken from us too soon and I would like to believe that if she were alive today, she would have found a safe space at Victoria's Pride Centre by having access to services that could have possibly saved her life.

Adele's sister described her as such: "She was a very kind, caring, loving person, would do anything for anybody, generous to a fault, wouldn't hurt a flea."

By signing this petition, you are ensuring Adele Bailey is not forgotten in the place she lived and worked. In honouring her legacy by giving her name to a space in Victoria's Pride Centre, we are sending a message to the most marginalised folks in the LGBTQIA+ community that they are welcome and they always have a safe space here.

 

 

 

Adele Bailey's disappearance and murder have many different versions attached as her story has been underreported, footnoted and muddled over time. I have compiled what I believe to be facts in the above statement based on corroboration from multiple outlets but below are a few of the resources I have drawn from which give greater detail.

For more information on Adele and her case:

(Note: most of the mainstream articles refer to Adele as a 'transsexual prostitute' which is not the language we would use today, please bear that in mind when reading these resources, they may be triggering)

Transcript from ABC Radio 13/10/2005:
https://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2005/s1481896.htm

'New evidence implicates several former police officers in Adele Bailey murder'
https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/new-evidence-implicates-several-former-police-officers-in-adele-bailey-murder/news-story/9c702c99ddc39e49a2dabf014a9e4dfc?sv=86218d9268dd98861d864223492c4000

'Police case against former detective Denis Tanner dropped'
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/police-case-against-former-detective-denis-tanner-dropped-20150316-1lzzmp.html

Transcript of 7.30 Report from 03/06/1999 featuring a quote from Adele's sister: https://web.archive.org/web/20130325000139/http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/stories/s27850.htm

'Copper in Trouble'
https://www.theage.com.au/national/copper-in-trouble-20030225-gdva4i.html

 

Archives & resources from trans activist sites on Adele Bailey:

https://zagria.blogspot.com/2009/01/adele-bailey-1955-1978-murdered.html#.XsD7li-r0cg

https://tdor.translivesmatter.info/reports/1978/09/12/adele-bailey_bonnie-doon-victoria-australia_9411d1eb