Australian Catholic Historical Society Inc. Program for 2021
This information is correct as at 29 Aug 2021, but changes can occur.
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.
|21 February||Les Murray’s sacramental poetics:|
Les A. Murray (1938-2019) (PODCAST)
|Dr Stephen McInerney|
Poet and Executive Officer, The Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation
*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 May||The Catholic clergy – prisoners of history||Fr John Crothers|
Formerly PP Penshurst and Peakhurst and author of The Clergy Club
|20 June||Biblical 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 September||BY ZOOM|
Wentworth’s dream of a secular University thwarted: how Sydney University became a decidedly Protestant institution
(To obtain zoom link, send email to )
|Dr John Carmody|
President ACHS. Formerly UNSW Physiologist and music writer. Currently contributor to the Australian Dictionary of Biography and music lecturer.
|17 October||BY ZOOM|
Catholic New Testament research and the significance of the encyclical Divino afflante spiritu, and Vatican II
Dr Bruce Kaye
Adjunct Research Professor, Centre for Public and Contextual Theology, Charles Sturt U; formerly Master, New College, UNSW
|21 November||BY ZOOM|
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|
Annual Mass and Christmas Lunch
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
Location: 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.