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Peg Fitzgerald, 64
from the Women over sixty series 1991

gelatin silver photograph, fibre-tipped pen
25.9 × 25.4 cm (image)
inscribed in fibre-tipped pen on mount l.l.: Peg Fitzgerald, 64. / I was a nun for 20 years but ultimately I felt at odds with / most of the congregation. I left the convent when I was 40 and then / spent many years working in New Guinea. I was the first person to / translate the Bible into Pidgen. / When you’re a nun people treat you as if you’re from another planet. / It’s difficult - you don’t know who you are. It took me a long time to / learn to like myself as I am. / My one worry is that I don’t have any financial security, because / I’ve always worked as a volunteer or for a very small wage. / I still feel about 20 - mentally and physically. I’ve always kept an / open mind and I think that’s essential. I don’t think you ever get / old if you’re open to new things.
inscribed in pencil on reverse c.r.: RR2 / 5.6/11 / dektol 3 min
inscribed in pencil on reverse l.l.: Peg Fitzgerald, 64 from “Women Over 60” 1991 © Ruth Maddison
Accession Number
Australian Photography
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of the artist, 1995
© Ruth Maddison
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Daryl and Anne Whinney
Gallery location
Not on display