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Farewell Sue – a much-loved Mullumbimbian

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Sue Mallam – Born 15/7/54 – Died 28/8/21

You could say that Sue Mallam was destined to run a business in Mullumbimby.

As the granddaughter of the late George Septimus Mallam, who opened a general store in
Mullumbimby in 1904, known as Geo Mallam & Co Pty Ltd. Sue and her family have been
synonymous with the local business community for more than 100 years.

A true local… Sue Mallam was a much-admired business woman in Mullumbimby. Image supplied by the Mallam family

Sue was the daughter of Charlie and June Mallam both of whom worked for the family company.

Following the death of G.S.Mallam the company, together with the business, was passed into the hands of his three sons, one of which was Charlie ( the youngest son of G.S. Mallam ) who took over after as manager in 1974 following the retirement of his older brother Clive and death of his elder brother George.

The store was converted from an older style grocery and department store into a self service supermarket in 1960 and subsequently modern supermarket in the 1970’s and
renamed Mallam’s Supermarket.

Sadly the Supermarket closed in February of 2011.

In the 1970’s June, Sue’s mother established “The Budget Shop” a women’s retail clothing store on the corner of Burringbar and Stuarts streets, Mullumbimby which she ran for over 30 years.

It was renamed the “Fashion Corner” and in 2004 Sue became the manager of the store.

The business then relocated to 40 Burringbar Mullumbimby in 2011 and renamed Sue M’s

A true local, Sue was born and bred in Mullumbimby. Her early education years were spent at St John’s Primary school before boarding school in Brisbane for her senior education.

She had a legal background, but had been in the fashion industry for more than 10 years and she loved it.

Sue was a much-admired and popular business owner and an active member of the Chamber of Commerce. Sue proudly sponsored Mullumbimby ladies golf, charities and donated to local schools and hosted fashion parades.

She loved being with family and friends. She loved her football and followed the Broncos loyally as she lived in Brisbane in her younger years.

Sue loved music and enjoyed attending Bluesfest with family and friends.

Sue is the first of her generation of Mallams to leave us. She had melanoma.

She was a fighter, positive and looking forward to her retirement. The happy times, her hearty laugh, her cheery smile and her beautiful self both in and out will be sadly missed.

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  1. I have only just read this.
    I am shocked and saddened by this news. Sue’s shop was 2 doors down from mine before she moved across the road. She always had a smile to greet you and some fascinating stories from her past. I will see you on the other side Sue M!


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