Australian Catholic Historical Society Inc.
Program for 2019

This information is correct as at 2 December 2018, but changes can occur.

Sydney Meetings.

*Note: 24 March and 28 April are the fourth Sundays of the month not the third Sunday when we usually meet.




17 February

Laudato Si’: a case for action or wasted opportunity?

Professor Neil Ormerod FACTA Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, Australian Catholic University.

*24 March
1:30 pm start for this meeting

1:30pm Annual General Meeting
2:00pm Presentation. Continuity and Change: Contexts and Meanings in some Spanish Liturgical Chant Manuscripts in the Rare Books Collection of Fisher Library

Dr Jane Morlet Hardie FAHA Medieval and Early Modern Centre University of Sydney. Formerly: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

*28 April

St Michael the Archangel, Wollombi: the Church that moved and was paid for three times.

Gael Winnick Co-author (with Alison Plumber) of the history of St Michael’s Church.

19 May

The cultural patronage of Archbishop John Bede Polding, 1834-1877.

Assoc. Professor Peter Cunich: Department of History University of Hong Kong.

16 June

‘Pauper, Servus, et Humilis’?: The ‘special destiny ethos’ and Irish Catholic Identity in the 20th Century.

Professor Irene Whelan: Professor of History and Irish Studies Manhattan College Purchase, NY, USA.

21 July

“Humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God”: Patrick McMahon Glynn -- from Irish Lawyer to Australian Statesman.

John Kennedy McLaughlin AM Formerly: Associate Judge Supreme Court of NSW

18 August

Fiction and the moral imagination

Robin Hughes AO Writer and producer for radio and television Formerly: Chair, Council of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School Latterly: Pro-Chancellor, ANU (Canberra)

15 September

Faith at "World’s End”: Father Angelo Confalonieri and the first Catholic Mission to Northern Australia

Professor Mark McKenna: Department of History, University of Sydney

20 October

Developments in Mariology since Vatican II: a global perspective

Professor M Isabell Naumann ISSM President: Catholic Institute of Sydney

17 November

Disentangling the McGirrs of Colonial NSW

Rev Dr Colin Fowler OP Formerly: Parish-priest (2004-2013) and historian St Bede’s, Pyrmont. NSW

14 December

Annual Mass and Christmas Lunch

MacKillop Centre North Sydney (12:00pm)


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 a donation is welcome

Enquiries to: Dr John Carmody, President ACHS:

Further information see: ACHS website. [].

Melbourne meetings for 2019.

Dates: 4 March, 3 June, 2 September and 11 November 2019

Speakers and Topics: TBA.

Location and Times: Meetings will be held at the Yarra Theological Union Study Centre, 29 Albion Street Box Hill.

Contact: Matthew Beckmann, OFM. Email: