2021 Program

Australian Catholic Historical Society Inc. Program for 2021

2023 Program

Sydney Program

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. Members and non-members are welcome to join us in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Attendance is free but a gold coin donation for afternoon tea is welcome. While COVID restrictions remain, please register your intention to attend via email giving your name and contact details: . You will be sent the zoom link for the talk.

Enquiries to: Dr John Carmody, President ACHS:

21 FebruaryLes Murray’s sacramental poetics:
Les A. Murray (1938-2019) (PODCAST)
Dr Stephen McInerney
Poet and Executive Officer, The Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation
21 March
*1:30 pm start
*1:30pm AGM;
2:00pm Presentation: The intimate frontier: Aboriginal and settler interactions in the colonial Hunter Valley (PODCAST)
Dr Mark Dunn
Freelance historian and author of The Convict Valley: The bloody struggle on Australia’s early frontier (2020)
18 April“Answering the call”: Sydney’s Irish Catholic doctors in the Great War (POWERPOINT)Honorary Assoc. Professor Paul Lancaster
Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney
16 MayThe Catholic clergy – prisoners of historyFr John Crothers
Formerly PP Penshurst and Peakhurst and author of The Clergy Club
20 JuneBiblical history in the novels of Dickens (PODCAST)Dr Jennifer Gribble
Hon Associate Professor, Dept of English, Sydney University
Historical perspectives from the newly formed collection of rare books and manuscripts at the ACU
Dr Hugh Myers
Special Collections Adviser, Australian Catholic University (Sydney)
19 SeptemberBY ZOOM
Wentworth’s dream of a secular University thwarted: how Sydney University became a decidedly Protestant institution
Dr John Carmody
President ACHS. Formerly UNSW Physiologist and music writer. Currently contributor to the Australian Dictionary of Biography and music lecturer.
17 OctoberBY ZOOM
Catholic New Testament research and the significance of the encyclical Divino afflante spiritu, and Vatican II (PODCAST)

Dr Bruce Kaye
Adjunct Research Professor, Centre for Public and Contextual Theology, Charles Sturt U; formerly Master, New College, UNSW
14 November
Catholic archives: are they history?
Dr Odhran O’Brien Archdiocesan Archivist Perth and Dr Colin Barr School of Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History University of Aberdeen
11 DecemberCANCELLED
Annual Mass and Christmas Lunch

Melbourne Program

Melbourne Meetings resume in 2021

Dates: 1 Mar, 7 Jun, 6 Sept, 8 Nov.

1 Mar: Matthew Beckmann on the Patarine reformers of 11th-century Milan
: Yarra Theological Union Study Centre, Classroom 1. 29 Albion Street Box Hill. Time: 2pm. Contact: Matthew Beckmann, OFM. Email:

See also the program of the Brisbane Catholic Historical Society.

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