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, with meetings generally commencing at 5.30pm on the first Thursday of April, June, August, October 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.

OCTOBER MEETING – POSTPONED

Unfortunately, the October Meeting of the Society scheduled for Thursday 6 October 2022 has been postponed due to the speaker’s late unavailability. We hope to revisit the topic at a future meeting.

Our regular December meeting and mass for deceased members is set for Thursday 8 December 2022.

Dr Maree Ganley will be speaking on the topic “Towards a History of the Diocese of Rockhampton – an Oral History Journey”.

We look forward to seeing the Society’s members and supporters in December.