Ex Pastorelle Sister Speaks Out

'Stolen Copyright-Stolen Identity'


TITLE: Immigration - Ethnic festivals, arts and crafts in Australia - St Joseph the Worker in the Granite Belt. Pastorelle Sisters, Sister Cesarina Paolini, Mother Gemma Nazzari  (error)

CATEGORY: Photograph

PRINCIPAL CREDIT: Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) FORMAT: b/w negative

TYPE: cellulose acetate STATUS: preservation material

Image number A12111:1/9/1970/17/43 Managed by Item held by Nationl Archives of Australia

Collection or series A12111: Immigration Photographic Archive 1946 – Today Date or place 1970

Rights Reproduction Rights owned by The national Archives of Australia

The Pastorelle Sisters supplied this photograph with erroneous details to the National Archives. The name of the sister on the left is incorrect. Wanting to be credited with contributions to Ethnic Arts and Crafts in Australia but omitting to acknowledge the artist present in the photo..and substituting her name...the nun on the left is not Mother Gemma Nazzari but rather former Sr. Esther Henderson (Robin Ruth Henderson) at 26yrs of age. (I was the only sister who wore a normal cardigan).

This photo was taken whilst I was working at STANTHORPE 1970-73 among the Italian migrant community assisting them to assimilate into Australian culture. 

Grateful Thanks to The Australian National Archives for amending the incorrect information supplied by the Pastorelle Sisters and for identifying the nun on the left correctly. I, then Sr. M. Esther Henderson, was the Pastorelle Sisters' first Anglo-Australian recruit.  Now in secular life I am known as  Robin Ruth Henderson and I am the professsional artist/ author of the Mural depicting St. Joseph the Worker.

Rights-in the artwork remain with the artist

On LeftSr. M. Esther Henderson (Robin Ruth Henderson)
On Right – Sr, Cesraina Lola Paolini, at Stanthorpe, Queensland - Festa of St. Jospeph the Worker. Photo taken in the grounds , adjacent to St. Joseph's Parish Hall at Stanthorpe, on The Granite Belt, Queensland, AUSTRALIA.

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