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The Madonna of Capo D'Orlando

Date: late 20th century
Overall: 255 x 95 x 90 mm, 0.66 kg
Medium: Plaster, paint
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from St Patricks Church
Classification:Ceremonial artefact
Object Name: Statuette
Object No: 00033544

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    Catholic Saint Madonna di Capo d'Orlando that belonged to Father Donald Hughes, parish priest of St Patricks church in Fremantle which is used annually by the local Italian community to celebrate the blessing of the fishing fleet.
    HistoryItalian fishermen immigrating to Western Australia in the 1940s brought their traditional fishing festivities and religious invocations with them when they arrived in Fremantle. Families from Molfetta (south-east coast of Italian mainland) and Capo d'Orlando (north-east coast of Sicily) brought the Madonnas to Fremantle.

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