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Historic St John’s offers more questions than answers

Historic St John’s offers more questions than answers

History has literally been unearthed on a ridge five kilometres East of Kapunda.

St John’s Catholic Church is believed to be only the second church site in Australia to be excavated  thanks to the thesis of Flinders University Archeology Doctoral Candidate, Ms Cherrie de Leuien.

Cherrie chose the site because of its historical significance not only to Kapunda and Catholic history, but South Australian history as a whole

“The St John’s site is really interesting in terms of how the buildings and church was used for different purposes over the 19th century.

“The area was settled in the 1840s and that is early in the colony,” said Cherrie.

Father Mark Sexton, Northern Light Catholic Parish was on site last Thursday, with trowel in hand, working with Cherrie and the team.

He joined the hive of activity during the past week when university students and volunteers as well as a group from Nuriootpa High School,  dug, dusted and meticulously measured their way through the area.

For the full story, grab April 24 edition of The Leader.