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“It was a sparse dwelling that would have been
hard to create, but easy to maintain. It was not
luxurious living by any means and quite small. It
shows the hard living of the time and how people
would have been very resourceful and able to
create a life out of very little and sustain it.”
Other finds early in the dig included fragments of
ceramic from a patterned platter, shards of glass
and many pieces of metal. A hearth with ashes
was also uncovered, however, it was believed
this may have come from a much later time.
“When you look at the landscape there is no
indication that the people were here, but with
archaeology we’re proving they were,”
Ms Arthure explained.
“There’s been a huge amount of interest from
within the local community and we have had
visitors on the site every day, including (local
priest) Father Mark Sexton, (local historian) Peter
Swann and his brother, Monsignor John Swann.
“The Irish Catholics created a very strong
community here. There was the church of St
Johns here and soon after they went to the
church at Kapunda. There was also a school on
the site at Baker’s Flat for a few years which was
run by the Sisters of St Joseph, but there is very
little evidence where that was.”
The area covered in the dig was identified during
a geophysical survey conducted in February. The
results obtained over the past three weeks will
form part of Ms Arthure’s thesis.
The world’s religious leaders have
called on governments to take
urgent action on climate change at
a multifaith ceremony in New York.
Ambassador Mogens Lykketoft,
president of the UN General
Assembly, took delivery of the
Interfaith Climate Change Statement
to World Leaders signed by 270
religious leaders, nearly 5000
individuals and 176 religious groups
from around the world.
The interfaith statement says
governments must urgently ratify
the landmark Paris Climate Change
Agreement and reduce emissions
to stop global temperature rise. It
urges the swift phase-out of fossil
fuel subsidies and the acceleration
of renewable energy investment to
limit global temperature rise to no
more than 1.5OC above industrial
Catholic Earthcare Australia’s
Philippa Rowland (pictured in
New York), who is based in
the Archdiocese of Adelaide,
represented Australia at the
“It’s deeply encouraging to see
all faiths calling for urgent action
on climate change, given clear
signs from the science and the
environment itself,” Mrs Rowland
“The current global coral bleaching
event affecting the Great Barrier
Reef is just one example of
Australia’s vulnerability to global
warming and the impacts are far
worse for our Pacific neighbours.”
Tomas Insua, founding coordinator
of the 300-member Global Catholic
Climate Movement reported that a
group travelling to the North Pole
with a copy of the Pope’s Encyclical
Laudato Si’ was being delayed by
ice cracks, showing the severely
threatened status of the Arctic Ice.
“We are very concerned at the huge
gap between nice words and actual
actions from governments,” he said.
“This is a spiritual crisis. We call for
climate justice towards all humanity
and all species.”
The interfaith statement
can be found at www.
RARE FIND: Susan Arthure in the trench where the team uncovered a dugout created by one of
the first Irish settlers at Baker’s Flat.
Photo: Nat Rogers
Well-known American Catholic
musician and evangelist Steve
Angrisano is returning to Adelaide,
bringing with him his unique and
world-renowned brand of Christian
songwriting and performance.
During a three-day visit to Adelaide
this month, Angrisano will perform
at St Martin’s Catholic Primary
School and run a public music
workshop at Henley Beach parish.
Angrisano’s distinctive style of
storytelling which incorporates
traditional hymn verses and modern
upbeat rhythms has seen him rise
to one of the most popular Christian
He has previously headlined the
Australian Catholic Youth Festival in
Melbourne in 2013 and Adelaide in
2015, as well as attending six world
youth festivals, building a following
of more than 40,000 Facebook fans.
With a background in youth ministry,
musicianship and composing,
a number of Angrisano’s songs
such as ‘Go Make a Difference’
and ‘Mass of a Joyful Heart’ have
become favourites among Adelaide
Members of Henley Beach parish
Antioch youth group, Meg Brennan
and Allan Kappamankal, said they
were excited to host the standout
“It’s a joyous thing to have someone
who has dedicated his life to praise
and worship join us at our parish...
we are truly blessed,” Ms Brennan
A musician himself, Mr
Kappamankal said he was
excited to learn about Angrisano’s
experiences, while coming together
with other parishioners across
Adelaide to celebrate their joint
passion for faith and music.
The workshop will take place from
3-5pm on Sunday May 8 inside Our
Lady of the Sacred Heart Church at
Henley Beach and is being hosted
by the Henley Beach Parish Pastoral
Council and Catholic Office for
Youth and Young Adults (COYYA).
Tickets are $10.
His performance at St Martins
Catholic Primary School Hall will be
held on Saturday May 7 from 7.30-
9.30pm. Tickets are $15 and must
be pre-purchased due to limited
Tickets for both events are
available online through Sticky
Tickets. Visit stickytickets.com.au
and search Steve Angrisano.
US star returns to Adelaide
By Jack Manning
Digging up history
WITH temperatures beginning to drop and
the wet season approaching, the state’s
growing homeless population is bracing
itself for the bitter winter conditions.
The Order of Malta, a lay Order of the Catholic Church and a
humanitarian aid organisation, has initiated a project to provide
some comfort to those sleeping rough, by distributing their specially
designed “Coats for the Homeless”.
“Our unique coat has been designed in close consultation with
homeless people themselves, to ensure it meets their specific
needs,” said the Order’s SA Chairman, The Hon. Greg Crafter
AO. “It is three-quarter length, shower-proof, quilted and warm.
Importantly, it is black so the person wearing it is inconspicuous,
after feedback revealed that one of their major fears is being
The coat provides the warmth of a sleeping bag or swag without
restricting movement. It is free from uncomfortable buttons or zips,
with just elastic and Velcro to offer a comfortable night’s sleep and
ease of wear.
Mr Crafter is urging Australians to support the campaign and buy a
homeless coat. “The issue of homelessness is not going away - in
fact it is getting worse.” he said. “Like the rest of the country, the
homeless population in South Australia exceeds the emergency
accommodation available, and many will end up sleeping on the
streets. A warm coat goes a long way to providing them some form
of warmth and comfort.”
Members of the Order in South Australia are committed to raising
enough money to provide 300 coats for distribution through the
Hutt Street Centre and St Vincent de Paul in Adelaide, Port Lincoln
and the Spencer Gulf.
“The demand for these Coats is overwhelming” explains Mr Crafter.
“We could easily distribute twice as many. The only issue limiting
the number of coats we are able to distribute is a lack of funds.”
Knights and Dames provide assistance to growing homeless population
$100 will buy three specially designed, warm
shower-proof coats for people who find themselves
without a home this winter.
If you would like to support the project, visit www.coatsforthehomeless.org to make a donation
or send a cheque payable to ‘The Order of Malta’ to:
Coats for the Homeless - SA Appeal. The Order of Malta, 33-37 West Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Gifts of $2 and more are tax deductible. The Order of Malta (ABN 37 142 209 121) is a Public Benevolent institution and is endorsed
by the Australian Tax Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient. Licences: SA - CCPI722, WA – 21310
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