About

In 2011, I began studying archaeology part time. By 2012, I knew I was hooked and at the beginning of 2013, I resigned from work to study full time at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. I finished my Master of Archaeology at the end of 2014. And–living the dream–I started a PhD in March 2015.

My research focuses on the remains of a nineteenth century Irish settlement called Baker’s Flat, about 70 kilometres north of Adelaide near the town of Kapunda. This blog is a bit of an experiment – trying to capture thoughts and deeds as I work through the project.

I’m from Ireland but I live in Adelaide.

The blog name comes from a song by the great Christy Moore. It’s called Don’t Forget Your Shovel and you can listen to it at this YouTube clip.

You can contact me on email: sarthure at ozemail.com.au (replace at with @, no spaces).

Susan Arthure

Susan Arthure

Susan Arthure, in the field, in a field

8 Responses to About

  1. Excellent blog,Susan. Discovered it from a link shared by Barbara Barclay on Twitter and will be delighted to follow. My family are big archaeology and history fans! happy New Year!

  2. Thought this might be up your street, Irish/Adelaide/19thC mayoorphangirls.weebly.com/

  3. Hi Susan, I came over to check out the competition, and congrats on being a finalist in the Blog Awards. (If you didn’t see it, they were announced on Snapchat today.) I have a feeling I’ve heard your name before – did you by any chance work in an e-learning company in Dublin in a former life?!

    • sarthure says:

      Hello! I didn’t see it, that’s good news. And yes I did work in an e-learning company in Dublin in a former life, in the 1990s. Will email you.

  4. Heather says:

    Hi Susan
    I’m a great granddaughter of Catherine Driscoll, that woman of evil intent who was arrested at Baker’s Flat. Can I have your permission to print a copy of your thesis as three generations of the Driscolls lived there? Apparently Uncle Pat Driscoll was going to leave that land to my father til he did something wrong. I’m having trouble reading pages and comparing maps online so I’d like to get it printed. When I head up to Kapunda it feels like home, and I visit the family out at St Johns cemetery. I have a photo of Catherine if you’re interested.

    • sarthure says:

      Hi Heather
      How interesting. I would love to see a photo of Catherine, the Driscolls had a big impact in Baker’s Flat. And yes, it is fine to print a copy of the thesis. I’ll email you privately. Susan

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