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The Queen visits Clontarf Aboriginal College

Article: by B Spinks; Photo: Supplied

Dean of St Mary’s Cathedral, Mgr Michael Keating met Queen Elizabeth II on 27 October during her official visit to Clontarf Aboriginal College in Waterford.


Clontarf is a co-educational Catholic high school in the Edmund Rice tradition that caters for Indigenous students.
Mgr Keating was present at the official engagement to bless, Ngulla Mia (Our Home), the new 80-bed boarding house on campus.
Mgr Keating said it was a boost for reconciliation for her to visit Clontarf of all schools.
“She was making a statement by going there,” he said.
BHP Billiton and Indigenous Land Corporation, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Government of Western Australia and the Catholic Education Commission all provided funding for its construction.

Royal Garden Party
Bishop Don Sproxton was invited to an exclusive Garden Party at Government House with Queen Elizabeth II on 27 October which was attended by 1800 guests. Archbishop Barry Hickey had also been invited but was unable to attend.