Australian Catholic Historical Society Inc.
Program for 2020

This information is correct as at 20 January 2020, but changes can occur.

Sydney Meetings.




16 February

Catholic rural virtue: ideal and reality

Professor James Franklin UNSW. ACHS Vice President and Journal Editor.

15 March
*1:30 pm start.

*1:30pm Annual General Meeting
2:00pm Presentation.Les Murray’s sacramental poetics.

Dr Stephen McInerney Poet and Executive Officer The Ramsay Centre

19 April

“Answering the call”: Sydney's Irish Catholic doctors in the Great War

Honorary Assoc. Professor Paul Lancaster Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney

17 May

The Quiet Man: a new film about Fr John Neill

Fr John Neill OP OAM Formerly: Councillor, University of Notre Dame

Mr Tim Perkins Director The Quiet Man

21 June

The Catholic clergy – prisoners of history

Fr John Crothers Formerly PP Penhurst and Peakhurst and author of The Clergy Club.

19 July

Pastor aeternus: 150 years since the promulgation of “On the infallible teaching authority of the Roman Pontiff” -the binding dogma of “Papal Infallibility”.

Dr Paul Collins. Author and broadcaster, formerly: ABC Radio National

Emeritus Professor Edmund Campion. Author,formerly: Catholic Institute of Sydney

Emeritus Professor Robert Gascoigne. Theologian,formerly: Australian Catholic University

16 August

David Coffey: Theologian of Spirit

Emeritus Professor Paul Crittenden. Formerly:Professor of Philosophy and Dean of Arts, University of Sydney

20 September

The "Spanish Flu" and its impacts on Catholic Church activities

Dr Janice Garaty.ACHS Councillor and historian.(Author of Providence Provides: Brigidine Sisters in the New South Wales Province)

18 October

Under the skin? The contested history of the Bible in Australia

Dr Meredith Lake. ABC Radio National (Religion Department). Winner: NSW Premier’s Australian History Prize (2019) for The Bible in Australia: a cultural history

15 November

Writing Australian Catholic history: A case study -- Riverview

Mr Gerard Windsor Novelist, reviewer and essayist (Author of The Tempest-tossed Church).

12 December

Annual Mass and Christmas Lunch

Details to be advised


Location, time and contact: Sunday afternoons at 2.00pm (unless otherwise stated) in the Crypt of St Patrick's at Church Hill [Grosvenor Street], The Rocks. Admission is free and does not require membership of ACHS, but adonation is welcome.

Enquiries to: Dr John Carmody, President ACHS:

Further information see: ACHS website. [].

Melbourne meetings for 2020.

Monday 2 March. Time 2.00pm 

Speaker   Janette Elliott

Topic True knowing vs. unknowing of love in Julian of Norwich's interpretation of our 'marvelous medley both of weal and woe

Other Dates and time 2:00pm: Monday 1 June, Monday 7 September, Monday 9 November.

Speakers and topics TBA

Location: Yarra Theological Union Study Centre, Classroom 1. 29 Albion Street Box Hill.

Contact: Matthew Beckmann, OFM. Email: