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.


Members and visitors are invited to attend the June Meeting of the Society, which will be held at 5:30pm on Thursday 1 June 2023. Please note that the meeting will take place by the online Zoom platform only.

Mr Kieran McCarthy will speak on the topic “Sky Pilots and Sin Bosuns – the Catholic Military Chaplains of Brisbane in the First and Second World Wars.

Kieran will explore the careers of some of the Catholic clergy with a connection to Brisbane, who served God and King at times of national extremis, and sometimes against the backdrop of sectarian suspicion and antipathy.

Please confirm your attendance by email to secretary@brisbanecatholichistoricalsociety.org.au or by telephone to the Secretary Luke Preston on 0419 741 710.

A Zoom link, with on-line coverage of the presentation, has been forwarded to members, and will be made available to guests upon request.