Academic journal article Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society

Jill Blee. from the Murray to the Sea: The History of Catholic Education in the Ballarat Diocese

Academic journal article Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society

Jill Blee. from the Murray to the Sea: The History of Catholic Education in the Ballarat Diocese

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JILL BLEE. From the Murray to the Sea: The History of Catholic Education in the Ballarat Diocese. Catholic Education Office, Ballarat and Indra Publishing, Ballarat, 2004; ISBN 1 920787 09 7; 181 pages.

The telling of the Christian story has always been at the heart of the Christian community. In his introduction to this impressive new history of Catholic education in the Ballarat Diocese, Bishop Connors reminds readers that, early in the life of the Church, the writers of the Gospels saw a need for a written account of the ministry of the first Christian teacher, Jesus Christ. Recent years have seen a growing and impressive collection of books published, telling the story of the Australia Church, many written by well-qualified historians. Jill Blee's book is a very worthwhile contribution to the field.

Dr Blee is an historian with a particular interest in Irish and Irish-Australian history. She also writes well, and a particular strength of the book is her ability to weave the Ballarat story around the relevant and significant national and international events which shaped and influenced it. This is a very well-researched and readable book.

The generous and heroic contribution of the religious orders to Catholic education in Ballarat is well-documented in this publication. The various congregations of religious nuns, brothers and priests, are introduced with brief, but comprehensive information about their particular history and charism. …

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