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, 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.


Tuesday, 7 December 2021

5.10pm                        Mass for deceased members of the Society

Venue: St Stephens Chapel

Followed by: A presentation by Ms Judith Gardiner with the topic:

The Other Father Hanley

Venue: Hanly Room, Francis Rush Centre.

Father William Hanley, the first parish priest appointed to Longreach, has been called ‘The Apostle of the Diamantina’ for his lengthy service to the region in the late 1800s. The speaker approaches Fr Hanley as a parish priest personally known to her pioneering Irish ancestors, who shared many of their daily deprivations and hardships and who supported them in their faith as they made their way in their new country. The presentation depicts also the confrontation in late 19th century Queensland between an emerging local spirit of egalitarianism and a number of cultural and sectarian prejudices historically affecting the Catholic Irish.

Members and visitors may also participate in the meeting via the internet on Zoom.

Visitors are welcome – a gold coin donation is requested.

Past copies of the Society’s Journal of Proceedings will be available for purchase at the meeting (cash, cheque and EFTPOS facility available).

Attendees in person are required to register their details prior to the meeting. Please advise the Secretary by email to secretary@brisbanecatholichistoricalsociety.org.au or by telephone at 0419 741 710 .

A Zoom link will be forwarded to all members on the day of the meeting. There is no need for members to request a Zoom link. Any guests requesting a Zoom link should contact the Secretary as noted above.