Timeline of Australian Catholic History

The ACHS Timeline highlights key events in Australian Catholic history. It is divided into three eras: To 1840, which sees the transition from indigenous to colonial Australia and the foundation of Catholicism here; the era 1841 – 1900, when gold rushes and pastoral development brought a burgeoning Catholic population; and the period from Federation, 1901-2010, with milestones such as the 1928 Eucharistic Congress, the first visit of a Pope to Australia, and the canonisation of Mary MacKillop.

We would like to expand and extend this time-line so that it becomes a useful source of reference for Australian Catholic history. If you would like to suggest further items (or corrections) for the Timeline, please email them to or address them to;

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St Marys Roman Catholic Church, Warwick, Qld.
St Mary’s Catholic Church. Warwick, Qld.
Pope Paul VI with Prime Minister John Gorton on First Papal Visit to Australia, 1970
Pope Paul VI with Prime Minister John Gorton on First Papal Visit to Australia, 1970