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 Irish immigration brought a burgeoning Catholic population; the period from Federation, 1901-1950, with two world wars and the beginning of multicultural immigration, and 1951-2020, with Vatican II, the first visit of a Pope to Australia, and the canonisation of Mary MacKillop.

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St Marys Roman Catholic Church, Warwick, Qld.
St Mary’s Catholic Church. Warwick, Qld.