Date: 1 October, 2009

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Sections of oral history tapes will be used within the final installation of 25,566 bonnets. Viewers will trigger tapes at various points within the Gallery. Information from a descendant about an ancestor will be spoken near the bonnet paying tribute to that woman. The stories will be set up in such a way so that a number of insights into the convict women will be triggered over a set period of time.

Christina invites anyone interested to send her a tape that includes anything that you wish to share about the life of your ancestor.

Authorisation needs to accompany the tape giving Christina permission to use the oral history within her work on convicts. If you prefer your name to be incognito please indicate this.

Christina's mailing address is:

Post Office Box 1020
Sandy Bay, Tasmania
Australia 7006

Date: 26 September, 2009

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All members of the public who are interested are welcome to attend the 'Blessing of the Bonnets' ceremony being held as part of the 'Beating Around the Bush' International Embroiderers Convention at the Unley District High School, South Australia. Thursday 8 October, 2009. 4.45 - 6.45. The Blessing ceremony will be held in the George Cresswell Hall which fronts onto Kitchener Street, Netherby, South Australia.
Thank you to Margie Bauer, owner of Country Bumpkin, for hosting the 'Blessing of the Bonnets' ceremony as part of the International Embroiderers Convention.

Images from Roses from the Heart(tm) display at the Jersey Museum, Jersey, England.
Tuesday 22 September 2009 - Tuesday 5th January, 2010
A huge thank you to the Jersey Heritage for supporting Roses from the Heart(tm). Gratitude to Richard Howell, Assistant designer, Jersey Heritage. Much care and time goes into displaying the bonnet tributes and Christina Henri is very conscious of the efforts of the following Jersey Heritage staff. Steve Taylor Collas and Mick le Pavoux - technicians.
Val Nelson who was assisted by Deborah Shead with the pinning and arranging of the bonnets

Many thanks to Rosalie Hollis who continues to promote Roses from the Heart(tm) with great enthusiasm and also to Pat Robson from the Harbour Gallery, Jersey who displays bonnets and encourages bonnet making.

Thank you to all the bonnet makers on Jersey whose bonnets are amongst those on display at the Jersey Museum. A really heart-felt thank you to Ann Winder whose bonnet is displayed individually.

August 20 - 23, 2009
'Festival of Quilts', National exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Thank you to Norma Bean and John Patrick Clarke for attending the Exhibition and looking after the Roses from the Heart(tm) Stand for the duration of the Event. A fantastic effort.
Thank you to Andrew Salmon, Managing Director of 'Twisted Threads' for organising and providing the Stand.
Over 1500 bonnet patterns were distributed during the 4 Day event.

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Date: 10 August, 2009

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Artist Christina Henri still needs bonnets for her Memorial to all convict women transported to Australia so to take part please contact regarding making a bonnet, Download the bonnet pattern from her website

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Date: 10 August, 2009

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Any one wanting to be part of Christina Henri's Memorial to ALL convict women transported to Australia look at the artist's website The bonnet pattern can be downloaded from this website and you can contact the artist via this site.

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Date: 09 August, 2009

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To learn more about Roses from the Heart(tm) - the Memorial to ALL convict women transported to Australia, watch the DVD, 'Voices in the Dark' produced by C. Pettman and A. Wilson on ABC1 Sunday 9 August at 4.05 p.m.

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Date: 09 August, 2009

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Over 400 people attended the 'Blessing of the Bonnets' at St. Matthew's Anglican Church, Windsor, Sunday 2, August.

Thank you to all participants and supporters. To Peter and Sandra Tolson for the loan of their boat, to Helen Everingham for her beautiful voice, to Linda Jackson and Stephanie Fischer for reading the convict women's names, to Helen Walker for sharing her ancestor Susannah Lallemont's story, to 'Roses Only' for the supply of magnificent roses, to Holly and Sebastian for their film and video work and to Rev. Aleks Pinter for leading the Service - a huge thank you. Also to all those who cooked and provided the wonderful afternoon tea your efforts just added to the very special event.

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Date: 22nd July, 2009

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WINDSOR 'Blessing of the Bonnets' at the Anglican St. Matthews Church on Sunday 2 August at 2.00. ALL WELCOME.

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Date: 22nd July, 2009

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Christina Henri has just completed the exhibition, Roses from the Heart(tm) [detail] at the Scenic Rim Regional Gallery in Beaudesert, Queensland. A 'Blessing of the Bonnets' was held as part of the Exhibition opening. The local choir A-Choired Taste performed throughout the ceremony. Local resident, Gail Mulhern, spoke about her convict ancestor Eliza Davis. Hundreds of bonnets made by participants within the Scenic Rim Regional Council Shire were presented and blessed. These bonnets then became part of the exhibition. A commemorative calico cloth was signed by those attending and will be embroidered by local lass Bernie Grodecki. This cloth will travel with the symbolic bonnets 'the girls' back to Ireland in 2010.

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Date: 2nd July, 2009

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I attended the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library Anniversary Lecture this evening in the Elizabeth Jolley Lecture Theatre at the Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA.
The Hon. Paul Keating, Prime Minister of Australia between 1991-1996, gave the lecture. At the conclusion of the lecture refreshments were provided and I presented Keating with a copy of 'Voices in the Dark' which he graciously accepted.

Date: 1st July, 2009

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1st July attended a 'Blessing of the Bonnets' at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 198 Lesmurdie Road, Lesmurdie. A wonderful ceremony that brought many members of the Lesmurdie community together in the making of bonnet tributes along with other participants from throughout WA.
Thank you to all who gave of their talents to see this celebration successfully remember our convict grandmothers.

Date: 10, June 2009

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Tasmanina artist Christina Henri has given convict women a voice. Southern Cross News, Hobart, Tasmania showed footage of part of the DVD, 'Voices in the Dark' and an interview with artist Christina Henri. The interview took place at the Cascades Female Factory, Matron's Cottage where a number of people, including the Minster Michelle O'Byrne were gathered on a bleak winter's day to remember the convict women who spent time there.

Both Christina Henri and Andrew Wilson, one of the two producers of 'Voices in the Dark', was interviewed on ABC Local Radio 936 Hobart 'Afternoons Show' with Ryk Goddard today to discuss the
success of the DVD as both a documentary and an educational tool.

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Date: 10, June 2009

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Wednesday June 10, 2009

Minister Michelle O'Byrne will visit the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site. Descendants of convict women will be gathering on a winter's day for a soup lunch and be reminded of the bleakness of the site where some of their ancestors were incarcerated.

Tasmanian film makers Catherine Pettman and Andrew Wilson will also be present at the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site on June 10. Their DVD, 'Voices in the Dark', traces artist Christina Henri's work Roses from the Heart(tm) - the first Memorial to ALL convict women transported to Australia. 'Voices in the Dark' highlights the importance of Australians reconnecting with their ancestors; ancestors whose very existence had been denied.

Minister O'Byrne will be presented with a copy of 'Voices in the Dark'. The film was recently screened
at the State Cinema in North Hobart. The Lord Mayor, Alderman Rob Valentine, and the Lady Mayoress, Margaret Valentine were amongst guests who attended the film's cinema launch.

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Date: 22 May, 2009

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Voices in the dark, a Tasmanian independently financed and produced half hour documentary has successfully secured a 5 year distribution deal into all education markets in Australia and New Zealand through Video Education

The documentary, on installation artist Christina Henri's Roses From The
Heart™ project, commemorating the lives of the 25, 566 female convicts
Transported to Australia, was produced by Catherine Pettman and Andrew Wilson and is holding it's premiere at the State Cinema on Thursday the 28th of May at 6.30pm.

A limited season of public screenings of the documentary will also run at the state cinema on the 30th and 31st of may at 2pm, Christina Henri will be in attendance on both days to talk to anyone interested in the project. 50% of all State Cinema ticket sales raised will be generously donated to the Roses From The Heart™ commemoration to help ensure the 12,000 bonnets required to complete the project are made and a permanent public display of all 25,566 bonnets is created.

If you would like to support Christina's project through buying a copy of the DVD, please click on the pay now button below. For multiple DVD orders please fill out an order form here.


You can watch the trailer online here.

Voices In The Dark Trailer from Voicesinthedark on Vimeo.

Or you can watch the opening 5 minutes of the documentary here.

Voices In The Dark - Opening from Voicesinthedark on Vimeo.

If you would like to support Christina's project through buying a copy of the DVD, please click here.

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Date: 1 May, 2009

'Blessing of the Bonnets' Ceremonial Service at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Cnr Dorcas and Montagu Streets, South Melbourne, Victoria
Saturday 2 May at 2.00 p.m.
Come and bring your bonnet or come and receive a bonnet at the Church and place it in a boat to be blessed.

The Service pays tribute to the existence and worth of convict women. In this month of May when we celebrate the worth of mothers, pay tribute to the lives of our female convict grandmothers.

The Irish Ambassador to Australia, Mr. Mairtin O'Fainin will be present.

Music provided by Mossie Scanlon; Greg Hunt; Digney Fignus; Val Embling; Bianca Montesano
Videographer, Anthony Sharpe
Eileen Raphael and family have provided the boat in which the bonnets will be placed to be blessed.
Descendents of Ludlow Tedder and her daughter Arabella - Glad Wishart
Joy Sharpe and Joanne Shannon providing narrative.

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Date: 21 March, 2009

The 'Blessing of the Bonnets' at St. Patrick's Basilica was attended by over 400 people and was a very special service. Thanks to Father John Sherman. Sister Kathleen, Church Councillor Mary Jardine-Clarke, organist Dominic Perissinotto, Councillor Shirley Mackay (Beaconsfield Ward, Fremantle Council), Fred Rea, Bernard Carney, Eleanor Carney and Lesley Sylvester, Mike Murray, Pavla Walsh, Pete Stone, Jill and Rob Oats, Lyn Canning, Anthea Harris, Brenda Neff, Mary Costello and ALL the amazing Irish women who made such beautiful bonnets for the lasses on the Hope and the Maria 1 boats and all the other participants, lace makers, embroiderers and quilters whose ancestors or 'adopted lass' were commemorated at the service. To those who have offered to make MORE bonnet tributes my gratitude abounds. Profound thanks for the loan of the wonderful Irish curragh boat which was central to the 'Blessing of the Bonnets' and is also on loan for the duration of the 'Vessels of Hope' exhibition.

See below images of the service.

The 'Vessels of Hope' Exhibition Fremantle Prison Gallery, March 11 - June 7, 2009. Thank you to Head Curator Sandra Murray and all the staff and volunteers who helped and to the students from St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School and the students from Ursula Frayne Catholic College, Victoria Park whose art work makes up part of the exhibition.

See images of the exhibition below.

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Date: 20 February, 2009

Please note that the 'BLESSING OF THE BONNETS' Service in South Melbourne, Victoria at St. Peter and Paul's Church will now be held on Saturday 2 May at 2.00 to allow for people working during the week to be able to attend. Parking will also be easier.

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Date: 17 February, 2009

American author Deborah Swiss, currently writing a book about the lives of the convict women, will attend and say a few words at the 'Blessing of the Bonnets' service in Melbourne on May 2. Deborah's book will open with a description of Christina's artwork and how her art makes an important contribution to telling the true story about the courageous convict women. Accompanying Deborah will be Americana singer/songwriter Digney Fignus, who will perform his song "All for Love", inspired by love tokens the convict girls left behind. Irish sean-nos musician Mossie Scanlon will also be performing 'The Bells of Ireland' at the 'Blessing of the Bonnets' as part of a cast of international artists supporting the recognition of the convict women."

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Date: 03 February, 2009

Chinese Australian artist Zhi Ting Ozqiang has submitted an oil painting 'Vessels of Hope' to the Archibald Exhibition. The artist met Christina last year when she was in Parramatta, NSW. He was impressed by the scale of the work Christina was involved in profiling Australia's convict women.

In tribute he spent months working on this very special painting showcased here.

If you look carefully you will see in the top left hand corner the image of UK and Ireland and in the bottom right hand corner a shadow in the ocean symbolising Australia.

Governor General, Her Excellency Quentin Bryce's visit

Date: 02 February, 2009

Christina presented Her Excellency Governor General, Quentin Bryce, with a bonnet tribute to Irish convict lass, Mary Walsh. Her Excellency was visiting the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site. During the visit her Excellency planted a tree, accepted a stunning convict sculpted head and was presented with the boxed bonnet, a replica of one in the collection of Roses from the Heart(tm).

Images of the presentation to Her Excellency the Governor General are courtesy the Tasmanian Government Department of Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts.

Christina is off to Western Australia in February

Date: 01 February, 2009

Christina displayed bonnets at the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival in Western Australia. A very big thank you to all involved including Rhonda. Also thank you to Linda and staff at the Tele Centre where the bonnets were displayed.

Roger and Shirley Downing looked after Christina during her stay in Boyup Brook and showed that good old country hospitality is alive and well. Thank you. Also to Tom for an unforgettable scenic tour of WA country and Robin and Loreen for delivering the bonnets safe and soundly to Christina after the Festival closed.

The artist will attend the Nannap Folk Festival presenting a bonnet display and DVD - 'Voices in the Dark -

On International Women's Day Christina will present a talk at the Central TAFE in South Perth at 10.30.

The same afternoon, Sunday 8th March, IWD, a 'Blessing of the Bonnets' service will be performed at St. Patrick's Bascilica in Fremantle, WA at 2.00. Everyone is welcome. Bonnets will be handed out at the church door for placing in the boat during the service ready to be blessed by Father John Sherman.

On Wednesday 11th March at 6.00pm an exhibition 'Vessels of Hope' will be launched at the Fremantle Prison Gallery, Fremantle. Attendance by invitation. Check the Fremantle Prison website for Gallery hours.

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Date: 26 November, 2008

'Voices in the Dark', my first documentary DVD is currently in post production and will be available early in the New Year.

Pre sales have been great and for anyone who wishes to help us with our fund raising in this way the wholesale price is $30 + plus postage and handling (Discounts available for group orders).

The finished DVD will retail at $30 (plus postage and handling costs) and comes with many wonderful features including a 30 minute main presentation of the journey of Roses from the Heart so far plus extras including slideshows capturing some of the many thousands of people around the world who like you are contributing to help the exhibition reach its 25,266 bonnet goal and much more.

Please download an Order Form for details - in the Downloads Section of the website.

We really appreciate your support to help us take the Roses of the Heart(tm) exhibition around Australia, New Zealand, to the UK, the Republic of Ireland, the US, Canada and hopefully onto many many other countries.......

Date: 25 November, 2008

2009 is going to be an exciting year for Roses from the Heart(tm) with a number of 'Blessing of the Bonnets' Ceremonies, Exhibitions, Displays, Musical Performance and bonnet making workshops.

On Australia Day, 26 January, 2009 Christina displayed a number of bonnets at the Baulkham Hills Shire Council Chambers in Castle Hill, New South Wales. Paper boat making workshops involving children were successfully held as part of the Australia Day Festivities. Christina and local Parramatta artist Lada Dedic had loads of fun interacting with children and parents in the 'Paper Boat Making workshop'.

Fred Rea, creator of the 'Irish Scene' Magazine is hard at work supporting Christina's visit in February/March to Western Australia. Along with highly regarded musicians such as Bernard and Eleanor Carney Christina will be involved with bonnet making workshops and exhibitions at the Nannap Folk Festival (Friday 27 Feb - March 2). The versatile Eleanor Carney has been busily making and encouraging others in WA to make bonnets for two entire ships of women. A 'Blessing of the Bonnets' ceremony will be held at St. Patrick's Bascilica, Fremantle on International Women's Day, Sunday 8 March, 2009 at 2.00. The following week there will be a bonnet exhibition at the Fremantle Prison Art Gallery which will showcase a number of bonnets for an extended period. Invitation only the opening of the exhibition will be at 6.00pm Wednesday 11 March.

Christina is thrilled to have Irish/Australian sean-nos musician, Mossie Scanlon, involved with his recently released tribute to Irish convict woman, Mary Walsh. In his CD, 'The Bells of Ireland' Mossie brings a very heart rendering interpretation to Irish legend Pete St. John's song. Mossie will be performing 'The Bells of Ireland' at the 'Blessing of the Bonnets' service on Saturday May 2 at 2.00 in St. Peter and Paul Church, Melbourne, 2009.

On Sunday 2 August at 2.00 a 'Blessing of the Bonnets' will be held at St. Matthews Anglican Church, Windsor. This service will be highlighting all convict women transported to Australia, but special attention will focus on the convict women who lived in the Hawkesbury area. It is a pleasure to have local historian Jan Barklay Jack's involvement in the Blessing ceremony. Jan will be releasing her book on convict women from the Hawkesbury area in 2009. Following the Blessing Service the bonnets will be exhibited at the Hawkesbury Regional Art Gallery and also the Hawkesbury Regional Museum for a number of weeks.

In Queensland there will be an exhibition at the Centre for Arts and Culture, Beaudesert 18 July - 30 August and I will also be holding a number of bonnet making workshops in Beaudesert May 4 - May 11, 2009.

In Adelaide a 'Blessing of the Bonnets' Ceremony will be held as part of the International Embroiderers Convention in October - 'Beating Around the Bush'. This major event will be organised by Country Bumpkin. 5 – 9 October. Margie Bauer, 'Inspirations' Magazine, owner/editor and Christina will be involved in making this an extremely memorable event. More about this in the coming weeks.

These are just SOME of the events in 2009.

I look forward to meeting with the thousands of bonnet makers without whom Roses from the Heart(tm) would not be possible.

News from Parramatta

Chinese born Australian artist Zhi Ting Qiang is painting a portrait to highlight my art and it's focus on the lives of convict women. He intends entering the portrait in the 2009 Archibald Prize.

 C J Henri   Modeling for painting  
 Final Canvas   Completed painting and artists 
 Finished and framed   Vessels of Hope