Much loved and respected, Sister Anne Gardiner has earned an enduring place in the Tiwi peoples’ hearts. Draped in the Tiwi flag, Sister Anne appeared like a prize fighter accepting her Order of Australia, and many could attribute her honour to her tireless work within her beloved Bathurst community.
During her 62 years on the island, Sister Anne has been principal of the local school, has taught and recorded the Tiwi language and established the Patakajiyali Museum. All this, whilst running regular prayer meetings, founding an op shop and starting a coffee shop to support the community.
A vibrant, intelligent and humble woman, Sister Anne took the opportunity in her speech to pay homage to the local people she has worked with and passed on her wisdom of acceptance to all Australians.
"I pray that all people in our wonderful country Australia — regardless of language, culture, skin colour or religious belief — may stand tall as proud Australians."
Regularly supporting Calvary Community Care programs within Tiwi and NT, Sister Anne is also assisted by Calvary weekly domestic services.