Anyone living in South Australia in the 1950s and onwards will probably be aware of stories of the remarkable aboriginal man, Jimmy James and his incredible work as a tracker. Over a period of more than 30 years, his amazing abilities to read the bush helped in the capture of 40 criminals and the rescue of 10 people lost in the bush. In a fitting tribute you can now visit a memorial known as ‘A special Place for Jimmy James’, on the banks of the Murray River at Berri and learn more about this remarkable man.
I’m a little late with acknowledging, but this past week has been National Reconciliation Week, the theme for 2020 being – In this together. The theme was announced last year and little did we know how much that phrase would be used this year for a completely different reason.
Even though the actual week has now passed, it’s never too late to continue learning about indigenous culture whenever opportunities arise. The way forward for me is in education because I believe ignorance is the biggest barrier to understanding so I am happy and open to continuing to learn by reading more about a culture we didn’t hear enough about when I was a student.
These are the opening lines of Archie Roach’s song ‘Took the Children Away’ and the poignant introduction used by David Sly, journalist, writer, author and editor, in a compelling interview with the man himself at Adelaide Writers Week 2020.
It’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting for a relaxed restaurant specialising in dishes containing Goolwa cockles, than behind the sand dunes overlooking the beach where they can be harvested. The Kuti shack is at the end of Beach Road at Goolwa Beach and sits between the new Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club and the popular surf beach. If you’re planning a holiday to the Fleurieu Peninsula region of South Australia, you will want to add the Kuti Shack to your list of places to try if you want the best views and seafood experiences on the coast.
The 26th of January is currently recognised as Australia Day, a day to celebrate all things we love about Australia, the land, the lifestyle, the diversity, the nature and animals and the people that make this country the place we call home. I say currently recognised, as one day the date may change, a contentious issue for some.
Tucked away off the busy Goolwa Terrace is an interesting park full of Australian plants native to the area and a pathway leading through them, dotted with interpretive signage. The signs explain how the plants were used by the local indigenous Ngarrindjeri people for food and medicine. The park was created in 2007 as a joint project between the Alexandrina Council, the Ngarrindjeri people and local artists and is intended to bring people into a welcoming and healing space to learn a bit of history as you meander through.