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The Daly River Mission Cross
















































                                                                                                Photo:  Peter Liddle

              or many decades now, a large crucifix has         cross was replaced by one of box sections steel,
              dominated  the  Mission landscape  at  Daly       and  the  corpus  of  fiberglass  construction,  was
         FRiver, watching over  the  community that             extensively repaired and repainted, restoring the
         lives there.  It was erected on the riverbank at       crucifix to its former glory.
         the  western  end  of  the  Daily  River  Mission  by
         Fr. John Leary msc about sixty years ago.  But         The desired outcome achieved, the next challenge
         with the passage of time, the weather and other        was  to  transport  the  finished  product  back  to
         factors gradually combined to reduce the mighty        Daly  River  and  erect  it.    Br.  Ted  and  Nightcliff
         crucifix to a sorry state.                             parishioner, Mr. Peter Liddle, managed this task.

         Recently Parish Priest, Fr. Peter Huan msc, decided    Peter's photo shows Br. Ted Merritt and Fr. Peter
         to have the crucifix restored and entrusted the        Huan together with his Vietnamese helper, Nhon
         task to Br. Ted Merritt msc.  It was no easy feat      Le, and local resident Alex Popovich.
         to demount the ageing structure and bring the
         component  elements  to  Darwin.    Then  Br.  Ted
         laboured  long  and  hard  at  reconstructing  the     A  difficult  job  very  well  done!    Congratulations
         physical cross and  reforming  the corpus.   Br.       Br. Ted.
         Herman  Kooyman  msc  provided  craftsman's                                           Fr. Malcolm Fyfe msc
         advice  and  technical  supervision.    The  wooden



















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