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Walking in the footsteps of faithful
Utopia Kikkert, 13, with Sharfel, 15, and Chris, 17, Stubbs in historical dress with their handcart.
Wearing bonnets and 19th century
waistcoasts, a group of 74 Canberra
youth have gone bush to re-enact a
handcart trek much like what Mormon
pioneers endured over 150 years ago.
Forebearers of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints journeyed
west across America to establish a
religious home in Utah.
Modern followers pay tribute to the
historic demonstrations of fortitude
through handcart treks undertaken by
congregations across the world.
Organiser and 2nd Councillor of the
Canberra Stake Presidency, Tony Abel
said last week the groups trekked 44
kilometres over four days and nights
hauling two-wheel handcarts through
He said the pilgrimage brought
participants closer in understanding of
themselves and their faith.
By making them physically
struggle and asking them to work hard
and overcome challenges they get an
appreciation of their family, their faith,
their surroundings, themselves and the
blessings they receive from God," Mr
On the journey from Hoskinstown
through NSW's Tallaganda State
Forest and back again, the youth got a
glimpse of life in a different time.
"Everything is done as it would
have been in pioneer days," Mr Abel
"They carry all their gear, have to
set up tarps for shelter, cook
everything on camp ovens.
"Given that some of it reflects some
of what happened in the US, we set up
an indian trading post where they have
to trade items they have made for
food," he said.
Chris Stubbs took part in a similar
trek five years ago.
He said wearing the clothes of the
period and living old customs allowed
everyone to better connect with the
history and culture.
I enjoyed it so much the first time
because it is so different to our lives
now,'' he said. It is a bit of fun
dressing up but the carts do get really
heavy on the terrain when they are
loaded up with seven people's
luggage, all the cooking gear and
Embracing the philosophy of being
a pioneer was something Mr Abel said
held modern youth in good stead.
"The understanding of what it is to
be a pioneer is something they can take
with them," he said.
"It opens their eyes up and gives
them the strength and courage to have
a go at something whereas without it
they may just wander along."
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Member for Fraser
What do fish ears, damaged brains and
dark matter have in common? These
were three of the topics at the
Australian National University's
Three Minute Thesis' competition.
Not since Monty Python's
Summarise Proust in Fifteen
Seconds' competition have contestants
had to boil so much material down to
so little time.
Yet they performed magnificently. I
was constantly struck by the
presenters' ability to provide context,
insight and a dose of wit.
We learned that the ear stones of
fish can allow archaeologists to
reconstruct the climate of past ages,
that big bran wheat can help prevent
diabetes and that service workers with
low self-esteem are less vulnerable to
petty slights by customers.
The winner of the three minute
thesis, engineering PhD Kiara
Bruggeman, explained how her
research helped repair damaged brain
tissue without the need for multiple
injections into the brain.
The three-minute thesis is a great
reminder that good communication
isn't about dumbing things down -- it's
about finding a pithy way of conveying
the key nugget of wisdom.
The same goes for politics. If our
best PhD students can convey their
research in three minutes, those of us
who believe in lasting reform should
be able to explain big ideas in a way
that's concise, memorable, and -- gasp
-- maybe even entertaining.
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