Kimberley nuns get Durack paintings

The family of noted artist Elizabeth Durack have donated a historic collection of her works to St John of God sisters in Western Australia's Kimberley region.

ABC News reports that the valuable set of 45 drawings and watercolours has been pledged to the Sisters of St John of God, whose service to the region's Aboriginal communities inspired the works.

The post-war images of Broome, Derby and Beagle Bay Mission are being exhibited in Broome this month to mark the centenary of the sisters arrival in the Kimberley from Ireland.

The artist's daughter, Perpetua Durack-Clancy, says her mother was enormously impressed by the work of the nuns.

She says most of the works have never been seen by the public.

"We know that they will be well cared for and treasured and although this year they are only here for two weeks on display, from time to time over the years I believe they will be exhibited again," she said.

Durack art donated to Roman Catholic nuns (ABC News, 5/7/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Elizabeth Durack (Australian Biography)
Elizabeth Durack Website
Elizabeth Durack (Women Australia)
Sisters of St John of God

6 Jul 2007