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.



There is a change to the programme for our next  meeting scheduled for 6 October.  Unless prevented by Covid-19 restrictions, it will be held in the Hanly Room at St Stephens Cathedral at the usual time of 5.30pm.

Our speaker will now be Mr Ian Bonaccorso, who will speak about Fr Jerome Davadi, the subject of his recent book Fruit, Wine and Religion.  Ian’s talk Retracing the footsteps of Fr Jerome Davadi and his legacy was originally planned for our April meeting which was cancelled.  Copies of Ian’s book will be on sale at the meeting for $40 (cash only please).

In accord with  current Covid regulations, attendees are required to register their details prior to the meeting, so we know in advance how many we are expecting on the night.  Please advise the Secretary by emailing bchsmeeting@gmail.com or by phoning 0409 075 739 if you wish to attend.

Dr Chris Hanlon’s new book, The Catholic Church in Colonial Queensland  is now available from St Paul’s Bookshop next to the Cathedral in Elizabeth St.                                                                                                                               Click on this link for further details about the book:                                        The Catholic Church in Colonial Queensland COVER 230 x 160 DRAFT 01 LowRes (1)