Welcome to the Brisbane Catholic Historical Society website

Brisbane Catholic Historical SocietyWelcome to the website of the Brisbane Catholic Historical Society.

The Brisbane Catholic Historical Society (BCHS) exists under the Patronage of the Most Rev. Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane.

We aim to promote interest in, to research, and to record items of interest and significance in the history of the Catholic Church in Queensland. The Archbishop has generously given the Society access to the Hanly Room within the Francis Rush Centre as a venue for our meetings. The Francis Rush Centre is part of the St. Stephen’s Cathedral campus in Brisbane.

Activities of the Society include speakers on a variety of subjects every two months, an annual bus trip to places of historical significance, and an annual memorial Mass for deceased Members.

We encourage you to find out more about us, and choose to join us by becoming a member. You are also welcome to review our news and events, including our journal, Proceedings of the Brisbane Catholic Historical Society along with the Table of Contents of the past volumes, and other articles of interest.

The Society meets in the Hanly Room of the Francis Rush Centre beside the Cathedral at 5.00pm on the second Tuesday of February (AGM) and at 5.30pm on the first Tuesday of April, June, August, and December.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the Brisbane Catholic Historical Society, please feel free to contact us.


Our next meeting with be held in the Hanly Room at the Cathedral at 5.30pm on August 4.  The mandatory Covid-19 protocols  will be in place and all are welcome to join us.

At this meeting, Archbishop Coleridge will launch Fr Chris Hanlon’s book

The Catholic Church in Colonial Queensland

Click on this link for further details about the book:

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The book (signed by the author) will be on sale  at the meeting for $40.  Cash or cheque only please.  The proceeds from sale of this book go towards the Archdiocesan archives.

We are hoping to include external participants by Zoom, so anyone wishing to join the event in this way should register at bchsmeeting@gmail.com  and a link to the meeting will be sent to you the day before.