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.


The Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held at 5:00pm on Thursday 23 February 2023 in the Hanly Room, Francis Rush Centre, 277 Elizabeth St, Brisbane.

Members can also participate via the online Zoom platform. A meeting link will be forwarded by email to members ahead of the AGM.

Following the AGM, Joint Archdiocesan Archivists Patrick O’Neill and Adrian Gibb will be speaking on the topic “Brisbane Archdiocesan Archives – Resources and Procedures“.

We look forward to seeing the Society’s members and supporters on 23 February.