Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Anglicans in the Antipodes. an Indexed Calendar of the Papers and Correspondence of the Archbishops of Canterbury, 1788-1961, Relating to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Anglicans in the Antipodes. an Indexed Calendar of the Papers and Correspondence of the Archbishops of Canterbury, 1788-1961, Relating to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific

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RUTH FRAPPELL, LEIGHTON FRAPPELL, RAYMOND NOBBS, ROBERT WITHYCOMBE, EDS. Anglicans in the Antipodes. An Indexed Calendar of the Papers and Correspondence of the Archbishops of Canterbury, 1788-1961, Relating to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Wesiport, Connecticut: Greenwood IVess, 1999. Pp. xvi + 440, appendices, indices. $95.00.

Church history in the antipodes has come of age. Roman Catholics led the way with the works of such scholars as Patrie O'Farrell and Kdmuntl Campion, hut Anglicans are now making their contribution. Kenneth ("able (head of history at Sydney University) has collaborated with Stephen Judd on a history of the important diocese of Sydney. David Milliard of Flinders University has produced histories of both the diocese of Adelaide and the Melanesian Mission (from 1849-1942). Colin Holden (who teaches in Melbourne's history department) has written a history of the leading Melbourne parish, St. Peter's Fastern Hill, and also edited a volume on the history of Anglo-Catholicism in Melbourne. Melbourne Anglicans marked the 150th anniversary of their diocese in 1997 with a volume of essays edited by Brian Porter. David Wetherell has written a history of the first fifty years of the Anglican church in Papua, New Guinea and also edited the war time diaries of Philip Strong, who went on from being bishop of New Guinea to become archbishop of Brisbane and primate of Australia. Stuart Piggin, of Macquarrie University, has surveyed the histoy of evangelicalism in Australia.

One of the problems faced by historians in Australia is that many important documents are located thousands of miles away in Britain. In the case of Anglican history the papers of the archbishops of Canterbury in Lambeth Palace Library are an important source not only for the colonial period but for the twentieth century as well, at least up until the adoption of a national constitution for the church in Australia in 1962. The editors of this volume have put church historians in their debt by compiling a catalog of all the papers of archbishops of Canterbury between 1788 and 1961 that relate to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. …

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