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Knights prepare for centenary in May


Planning is well in hand for next year’s centenary celebrations of the Knights of the Southern Cross (KSC) in South Australia.

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A sub-committee has been busy for the past year preparing for the milestone anniversary that will be recognised in Adelaide from May 27-29.

The celebrations will coincide with Adelaide hosting the National Triennial Conference, national AGM and national Executive meeting, which are expected to attract up to 50 attendees from interstate.

Chair of the local organising committee, Brian Cooper, said the conference will be held at St Mary’s Hall, Glenelg on the Friday and Saturday. Members of the National Executive will be installed at a Mass in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral on the Sunday morning, with the conference closing in the Cathedral Hall.

Social activities over the three days will include a conference dinner on Friday evening and a centenary dinner on Saturday, featuring guest speakers who will reflect on the rich history of the Knights in SA.

A commemorative book written by Paul Hawkes will also be launched over the weekend.

In honour of the patron saint of the Order, participants will tour the Mary MacKillop Precinct at Kensington and will also visit the gravesite of Jack Malone, who was the inaugural State chairman of KSC in SA.

“It’s been challenging with organising everything, given the pandemic,” said SA State chairman, Don Campbell.

“But if it hadn’t been for COVID, Adelaide wouldn’t be hosting the Triennial Conference, as it was originally scheduled for October in Brisbane, but had to be postponed.

“However, we are optimistic that our centenary celebrations will proceed on time and as planned, and we think it will be a notable celebration of the Order’s history in South Australia.”

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