May 6, 2022

The dying wish of courageous Australian asbestos victim Gillian North is starting to be heard, with home renovators downing tools over concerns about the deadly material

The dying wish of courageous Australian asbestos victim Gillian North is starting to be heard, with home renovators downing tools over concerns about the deadly material. 

Daily Mail Australia was at the forefront of reporting Ms North’s heart-breaking final days as she fought to warn the public their lives could be at risk if they are exposed to asbestos while restoring their own homes. 

The former corporate lawyer and professor died on December 23 south of , aged 61, after a painful but extraordinary three year journey in which she researched asbestos and laid the foundations for reforms.

She developed mesothelioma lawsuit after being exposed to asbestos while renovating homes in and Sydney in the 1990s and was diagnosed with the fatal illness in 2018. 

Ms North hoped those reforms will include the compulsory removal of asbestos from existing buildings.

The dying wish of courageous asbestos victim Gillian North is starting to be heard, with home renovators downing tools over concerns about the deadly material

Daily Mail Australia was at the forefront of reporting Ms North’s heart-breaking final days as she fought to warn the public their lives could be at risk if they are exposed to asbestos while restoring their own homes

Her husband Martin North has been contacted by hundreds of well-wishers since her death, many of whom say they have halted their home renovations until they get professional inspections.

Several have directly contacted Mr North, by phone, email and via social media. 

‘Some I said they had planned to start renovating over Christmas but they didn’t because they saw the article and coverage and the fact is they weren’t aware,’ Mr North said.

Three days before she died Ms North told Daily Mail Australia she knew she would save lives. 

Gillian North (left) pictured with her sister Trudy and her husband Grant in New Zealand in the late 1990s.

They will both be attending Gill’s memorial service on Thursday

Martin North said told Daily Mail Australia that Gillian North managed to ‘turn a pointless death into an amazing jumping off point to hopefully create change and save lives’