Academic journal article Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society

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Academic journal article Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society

In This Edition

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It is interesting to reflect on which themes have attracted the Society over the last two years. The 'Completed 2001 Programme' had largely a nineteenth century setting featuring early colonial life, the influence of several religious orders and a strong interest in church architecture (with visits to three church sites and a paper on the architects Sheerin and Hennessy).

Outside these patterns Brian Croke's paper on Archbishop James Carroll centred on his role in the campaign for State Aid for Catholic schools. Without any conscious design on my part this issue has become a major focus of the 2002 Journal. In the opening article on the Catholic Federation of New South Wales, Jeff Kildea identifies State Aid as a prime goal of the Federation in the early twentieth century.

Mid century the State Aid campaign revived and led to a remarkable transformation of Catholic schools across Australia. Networks of schools run by religious orders and supported almost solely by the Catholic community have become diocesan and private Catholic schools, in the main, staffed by lay teachers and funded by governments. …

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