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The Southern Cross : November 2011
November 2011 Page 7 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross news | If your ambition is to help make a positive change and bring new passion, perspective and vision to the future of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians you should start with UniSA s Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Cultures and Australian Society). The degree is designed for people who wish to, or already, work in the public sector, in business, the community, or service organisations where an understanding of Indigenous knowledges in the broader Australian and global setting is required. UniSA s Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Cultures and Australian Society) gives students the opportunity to study a professional major in Indigenous Knowledges, Australian Studies or Australian History. Subjects such as Pitjantjatjara and Kaurna Language and Culture are also available. This degree offers flexibility and caters for both internal and external learning needs. Apply now through SATAC www.satac.edu.au satac code: 424561 UniSA's Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Cultures and Australian Society). Your pathway to a meaningful career. An archaeological dig conducted last month at one of the most significant sites linked to Australia's first Catholic saint, Mary MacKillop, found hundreds of domestic artefacts, including more than 20 slate pencils and fragments of a possible writing slate. A 15-person team of staff and student archaeologists from Flinders University took part in the dig on the site where Mary MacKillop established her first classroom in a stable. Other items found were an 1839 coin, a thimble, a marble, bottle fragments and a lamp base. Team leader Associate Professor Heather Burke described the finds as "really exciting". "This initial foray has been very worthwhile and the students have been thrilled with their discoveries," she said. Dr Burke added that the dig generated enormous interest amongst visitors and locals, with100 primary school children taking part. "One visitor was the great grandson of William McDonald, who originally owned the allotment and allowed Mary MacKillop to use the stables as a temporary school, another was a council worker who helped landscape it into a park in 1971; two others had played on the block as children in the 1920s and 30s," she said. "All of them were curious to know more about what we were doing and what we'd found." Dr Burke thanked the "wonderful" Penola community for their support of the project, especially Sisters Chris and Mary from the Sisters of St Joseph for their hand-made morning teas and lunches and for visiting them on site. The Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre put on a dinner one night, complete with entertainment and a tour of the St Joseph's school house and centre. Whiskas Woolshed, where most of the students stayed, also gave the group a four-course farewell dinner on the last night. A committee of representatives of the Sisters of St Joseph, the Wattle Range Council, the South Australian Tourism Commission, the Adelaide Archdiocese and Limestone Coast Tourism is overseeing the development of the site as a significant place of reflection and prayer, as well as a premier tourist destination. Plans for the first stage of the redevelopment were unveiled at a ceremony on the site prior to the first anniversary Mass for the canonisation of Mary MacKillop on October 17. This was followed by the opening of a new display at the interpretive centre and a barbecue lunch. Uncovering the past South Australians are being urged to donate to Caritas Australia's East Africa Appeal in November as the Federal Government matches individual donations until the end of the month. "The sheer geographical scale of this crisis means that more needs to be done urgently," Mr Jack de Groot, Caritas Australia's CEO said. "Now is the perfect time for most Australians to play a role. Whatever amount of money we donate will literally be doubled by the Australian Government. "So please do what you can and bring hope to our brothers and sisters in East Africa. They need us at this time." Mr de Groot said food insecurity was deteriorating in urban environments across Kenya because of rising global food prices and the lack of food available in local markets. "There are reports coming out of the region that the number of severely malnourished children is growing. This is of great concern to us," he said. "The Government's announcement is very welcome and we would ask the Australian community to support this initiative and get behind the people of Kenya and East Africa." The Caritas network has a strong presence in Kenya. The emergency response has already seen 79,000 people receive food, 5000 people and 15,000 livestock now have improved access to clean water and 17,000 farmers have received access to agriculture which will help them in the long term." However, Mr de Groot said food insecurity was affecting 3.75 million people countrywide. The Government's AusAid program will match donations from individuals only. To donate, visit www.caritas. org.au/eastafricacrisis, call 1800 024 413 or post a cheque to Caritas Australia, GPO Box 9830 5001. Double impact from Caritas donations BUDDING ARCHAEOLOGISTS: Mary MacKillop Memorial School students help out at the dig. More photos can be viewed online at www.thesoutherncross.org.au Jenny Brinkworth