Mother’s sister Isabelle Bennett-Webster
Born 1941, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Resides Menindee, New South Wales
Patricia has used the medium of portraiture to explore her family, separated from each other by Government policies, and now recognised as members of the Stolen Generation. Her paintings are based on old family photographs and offer an insight into the family history and memories of her family. These include: her Grandfather Bill who died in a river accident at Pooncarie; her mother’s brother who was separated from his sisters when they were taken, but who ran away and worked on stations around Menindee, until he eventually settled in Murran Bridge; Patricia’s mother, Lorraine Johnson-King, and her mother’s sister who was taken to Darwin by the ‘Catholic mob’ when she was twelve years old but who returned to settle in Menindee in 1975.