Home' The Southern Cross : February 2017 Contents Adelaide Cathedral parishioner Dr Philip
Harding has been made a member of the
Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day
Honours this year.
Dr Harding (far right) was recognised
with one of the highest national honours
for significant service to medicine as an
endocrinologist, to medical ethics and
standards, and to the community. This
includes his involvement with St Francis
Xavier’s Cathedral where he has been a
cantor for 25 years.
Dr Harding said that as an “adopted
Australian who came here at age 11”, he
felt some joy in receiving the award but at
the same time “sadness that I cannot share
the moment with my wife Rosemary”, who
died on December 26.
“However I would like everyone who knew
this intensely patriotic and quintessentially
Australian woman to know that she was
both aware and proud that the award was
to be made and that given the way we
worked as a team, I regard it as very much
a tribute to her as well as to whatever I may
have done,” he said.
“I am fortunate to have worked during a
time of great advances in endocrinology
as in most branches of medicine, and
when there was such a productive and
collaborative approach in our health
“While much is said about the increasing
global burden of diabetes, there has
also been an enormous increase in
understanding of the disease and the
development of new methods of treatment
and it has been a privilege to be involved in
the implementation of some of these.”
Dr Harding is a past president of the
State branch of the Australian Medical
Association and an honourary life member
of the Endocrine Society of Australia.
of St Ann’s Special
School and the
of Our Lady of La
Vang School, Mary
a medal of the
Order of Australia
(OAM) for service
to Catholic education in South Australia.
Ms Jacquier has had a long career as
a professional educator, spanning four
decades and three Australian states.
She said it was “very moving” to be
awarded the OAM and stressed that her
work was achieved with the support of
many highly skilled, dedicated people:
school staff; CESA staff, from all levels
of the organisation, but especially
those in senior leadership positions;
and Archbishop Philip Wilson whose
determination helped ensure that a new
educational centre for students with an
intellectual disability was built and officially
opened at Flinders Park in October 2014.
Named Our Lady of La Vang, it continued
a long tradition of educating students with
special needs that had begun many years
ago at St Ann’s Special School, Marion.
“It was a privilege to be the foundational
principal of this life-giving new school
and to have the opportunity of working
with these inspirational students and their
families for many years,” she said.
Claire Larkin was
an OAM for her
over many years,
the Catholic primary
school and the local high school, the St
Joseph’s Church and the Mary MacKillop
Penola Centre which she has chaired since
1995. Mrs Larkin was heavily involved in
the canonisation of Australia’s first saint
and spends many hours speaking about
her to visitors to the town.
Jill Bartlett from the Therry Dramatic
Society won an OAM for her service to the
performing arts in South Australia. She has
been president of Therry since 1995 and
has held numerous other positions with the
organisation since joining in 1975. Jill is
pictured below at the Australia Day Mass
which the Therry Society helps organise
Asha Kuchel and Laura Turley were
announced as the winners of the 2016
John Brewer Scholarship recipients by
the Knights of the Southern Cross at the
annual Australia Day Mass in St Francis
The annual scholarships are awarded in
memory of long-serving State Council
member John Brewer to two students
demonstrating commitment to faith,
education and community. Worth $1500
each, the scholarships assist students at a
South Australian Catholic secondary school
with fees and educational expenses during
Asha is an active member of Our Lady of
the Sacred Heart Parish at Henley Beach
and will be studying Year 12 at St Michael’s
College in 2017. An all-rounder, she is both
an outstanding student and involved in a
number of sports including netball, touch
football, athletics, swimming and AFL
A member of the school social justice
group, she travelled in 2016 to Balgo, a
remote Indigenous community in central
WA with a group of fellow La Sallian
youth leaders and worked in the Lurnpa
Catholic School. She is also an Australian
Refugee Youth Ambassador and a recipient
of the ADF Long Tan youth leadership
and teamwork award. She was chosen
to represent the City of Charles Sturt
at a wreath laying ceremony at Villers –
Bretonneux to mark the 100th anniversary
of ANZAC Day.
After leaving school she plans to join the
SA La Sallian team and do volunteer work
in disadvantaged communities, as well as
hopefully study physiotherapy.
Laura is a member of St Paul’s Parish in
Mt Gambier and attends Tenison Woods
She is involved in both college and local
sport, playing tennis and netball, and is
also a qualified Netball Australia umpire.
Laura is also actively involved in the
spiritual life of the college and participates
in the liturgy of the Mass as a reader.
Laura travelled to East Timor on a school
immersion tour, an experience that had a
profound effect on her. After completing
Year 12 she hopes to travel back to East
Timor and spend some time working as a
volunteer in Laleia.
She hopes to attend the Australian Catholic
University in Ballarat to study a Bachelor of
Early Childhood and Primary Education.
Australia Day Honour a team effort
Community-minded scholars rewarded by KSC
COMMITTED: Laura Turley and Asha Kuchel, KSC scholarship winners.
By Jenny Brinkworth
Page 26 February 2017
GATHERING: Past recipients of Australia Day Honours attended the annual Australia Day Mass which is organised by the Therry Society, Catholic Women’s League and
Knights of the Southern Cross. 2017 recipient Jill Bartlett is pictured third from left.
Photos: Ben Macmahon
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