Across Australia thousands of women, children and men gathered to pay tribute to murdered Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon, and all women killed by men this year, in solemn candlelight vigils on Monday night.
Thousands of people attend a candlelight vigil in solidarity for the Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon who was found dead at Princes Park in North Carlton last week #eurydicedixon #vigil #candlelightvigil #photojournalism #photooftheday pic.twitter.com/EbFVHn103W
— Eddie Jim (@EddieJim2) June 18, 2018
Some photographers managed to capture the scale of the event – a crowd of an estimated 10,000 people.
Thousands of people gather in Princes Park Carlton for a vigil for Eurydice Dixon. Picture: Jason Edwards. #heraldsun @jasonedwardsphoto #melbourne #vigil #princespark https://t.co/NEZqFd31vr pic.twitter.com/Td1KEBVqzR
— Heraldsunphoto (@heraldsunphoto) June 18, 2018
The crowd was made up of everyone, from the very young to the elderly.
In an interview with Fairfax, the Melbourne vigil’s organiser Tiara Shafiq said Eurydice’s family requested for the event to be non-political.
“We are here for reflection. Mourning, grieving and coming together,” she said.
“In the future we will look to take action. But tonight is a moment to reflect.”
Reclaim Princes Park ended with a choir singing – a moment that sent shivers down attendees’ spines.
— Lucie Morris-Marr (@luciemorrismarr) June 18, 2018
Meanwhile in Sydney, organisers had listened to the family’s wishes that Eurydice not be the sole focus of the night, and that mourners also grieve for the other 29 women who were killed by men this year.
Organisers of the Sydney vigil for Eurydice Dixon have changed the event name to Vigil for all Victims of Gendered Violence in line with “the wishes of her family that her death not be over politicised and in light of the fact that Qi Yu was murdered just days earlier” pic.twitter.com/lKuQW6Audp
— Gina Rushton (@ginarush) June 18, 2018
The rain didn’t stop people from attending.
Tonight’s vigil for murdered women in Hyde Park, Sydney… There, but for the grace of God, go I. pic.twitter.com/NlxIXLG8x2
— Jess McKenzie (@_jeloise) June 18, 2018
And it was heartening to see so many men enthusiastically involved in the vigil, like those who created posters to show their support.
— UTOFIA (@utofia1) June 18, 2018
Over in Canberra politicians held their own vigil at Parliament House. An image of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten standing side by side was a heartening reminder that when it counts, our politicians can put politics aside.
Parliament at its best.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten lead MPs in a candelight vigil for slain Melbourne woman Eurydice Dixon.
— Bevan Shields (@BevanShields) June 18, 2018
MPs and Senators gather for a candlelight vigil for Eurydice Dixon at Parliament House pic.twitter.com/28BgBFIKMt
— Alex Ellinghausen (@ellinghausen) June 18, 2018
Those in smaller communities across Australia, including Launceston and Bendigo, also showed their support.
— Kristen ???? (@kristendaly) June 18, 2018
Good morning, our lead story in @abccentralvic local news is last night’s vigil in Bendigo, one of several held in response to the killing of Melbourne woman Eurydice Dixon (Photos: @mnkearney and @adrianereardon) pic.twitter.com/KUybV4fT9I
— Peter Lenaghan (@peterlenaghan) June 18, 2018
Bendigo comes together to remember Eurydice Dixon – a vigil that was also a call for community action against violence against women and children https://t.co/mCwW66qCGi
— Bendigo Advertiser (@BgoAddy) June 18, 2018
Over in the west, Perth residents were just as shocked and stirred by the tragic killing.
— ReclaimTheNightPerth (@RTN_Perth) June 18, 2018
More than 300 people have turned out in Perth’s Hyde Park in honour of murdered Eurydice Dixon, at a candlelight vigil. https://t.co/m0IobVwAbS
— The West Australian (@westaustralian) June 18, 2018
And in Adelaide, as with other vigils, there were plenty of parents making sure that their children understood why tackling this issue of women’s safety was so important.
Huge turn out for the #EurydiceDixon vigil in Adelaide and fantastic to see parents with their young kids (especially sons) out to participate. It’s fucking unbelievable that this still happens in 2018. pic.twitter.com/9LgPO8Ptd0
— Ramsay Taplin (@RamsayTaplin) June 18, 2018