Australian Catholic Historical Society Inc. Program for 2021

This information is correct as at 22 Mar 2021, but changes can occur.

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. No bookings needed. 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)
15 AugustCathedral follies: the 1950s project to build a vast “Brutalist” cathedral at New Norcia and similar failures in Brisbane and Liverpool. What is the future of cathedrals?Dr John Challis
Former Dominican theologian, Head of the ABC Science Unit and International Relations Executive, ABC
19 SeptemberThe story of St Mary’s spires – the completion of Polding’s dreamMgr Tony Doherty
Former Parish Priest of Rose Bay and former Dean of St Mary’s Cathedral (Sydney); author of The Attachment
17 OctoberCatholic 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 NovemberWriting Australian Catholic history: a case study – “Riverview”Mr Gerard Windsor
Novelist, book reviewer and essayist; author of The Tempest-Tossed Church and Heaven Where the Bachelors Sit
11 DecemberAnnual Mass and Christmas LunchDetails to be advised

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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