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Sydney siege victims Tori Johnson, Katrina Dawson farewelled

AAPAAP 23/12/2014

Large crowd at Katrina Dawson memorial

More than a thousand people have filled halls at the University of Sydney for a memorial service for Sydney siege victim Katrina Dawson.

The 38-year-old barrister and mother of three was killed in the Martin Place siege on December 16.

A week later her family, friends and professional colleagues have turned out in force for an event that has been called a celebration of the much-loved and high-achieving young woman's life.

Photos showing Ms Dawson with her husband and children were shown on a large screen in the university's sandstone Great Hall.

Songs chosen by Ms Dawson's children will be played during the service.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife Margy are present, as is siege survivor John O'Brien.

Sunflowers, sunshine for Tori Johnson

The partner of Tori Johnson, Thomas Zinn and family members carry the casket in at the funeral of Tori Johnson. © AAP Image/Nikki Short The partner of Tori Johnson, Thomas Zinn and family members carry the casket in at the funeral of Tori Johnson.

Bright yellow sunflowers have been laid on the white coffin of Sydney cafe siege victim Tori Johnson at his funeral in Sydney.

Hundreds of mourners - among them survivors of the terrible Lindt Cafe siege that shut down central Sydney a week ago - joined Mr Johnson's family today for a private farewell.

NSW Premier Mike Baird and Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione were among the mourners attending the funeral, as was siege survivor Joel Herat.

The 34-year-old cafe manager's funeral was held at St Stephen's Uniting Church, about 100 metres from the scene of the tragedy.

Hostages Jarrod Hoffman and Selina Win Pe arrive at the funeral of Tori Johnson. © AAP Image/Nikki Short Hostages Jarrod Hoffman and Selina Win Pe arrive at the funeral of Tori Johnson.

Mr Johnson has been hailed as a hero for his attempt to wrestle the weapon away from gunman Man Haron Monis, who took 18 people hostage in the cafe on the morning of December 15 and held them for 17 hours.

Mr Johnson was killed by Monis during the struggle.

Barrister Katrina Dawson also died in the violent end to the siege as police stormed the Martin Place cafe in the early hours of December 16.

Macquarie St outside the church was partially closed during the service and dozens members of the public lined the street across from the church, having turned out for a final farewell.

The partner of Tori Johnson, Thomas Zinn (R) and a family member leave the funeral of Tori Johnson. © AAP Image/Nikki Short The partner of Tori Johnson, Thomas Zinn (R) and a family member leave the funeral of Tori Johnson.

Mr Johnson's father, Ken, read the eulogy at the service and wept as he spoke to Mr Scipione outside the church afterwards.

Mr Johnson's partner, Thomas Zinn, read a tribute and was first to exit the church after the service, which will be followed by a private cremation in Sydney's east.

Tibetan monks chanted a prayer ritual at the end of the service and accompanied Mr Johnson's coffin to the white hearse waiting outside the church.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore, federal Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy and NSW Governor David Johnson were among the dignitaries at the funeral.

Lindt Australia chief executive Steve Loane attended and actor Steve Bisley was also among the mourners.

The huge floral tribute to Mr Johnson and Ms Dawson that has covered much of Martin Place was removed on Tuesday morning, ahead of expected rain.

Mr Baird attended a service held in Martin Place with SES and Rural Fire Service volunteers as the work was completed.

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