MISS: Irish Convicts and Penal Catholicism

Tuesday 13th September, 2022 at 6:30pm (AEST), 9:30am (GMT)
Dr Damian Gleeson, 2022 Australian Religious History Fellow, SLNSW
Irish convicts and penal Catholicism: New evidence from the Therry Collection

Fr John Joseph Therry, one of two official Roman Catholic priests appointed to colonial New South Wales in 1820, is widely credited as the ‘Founder of the Catholic Church in Australia’. This presentation draws upon correspondence and case studies from the extensive Fr John Joseph Therry Collection held at the State Library of New South Wales to challenge dominant themes in early Irish-Australian historiography, including the religiosity and contributions by convicts and emancipists to the fledgling Catholic Church, and Therry’s role as a community as well as spiritual leader.

Damian Gleeson PhD is the 2022 Australian Religious History Fellow at the SLNSW.

LOCATION (Zoom only)
This free public seminar will be streamed live online via Zoom. The Zoom room will be open from 6:20pm to allow everyone to get the technology sorted. Please keep your microphone on mute for the duration of the talk. There will be time for questions at the end of the talk. Please RSVP to Dianne.hall@vu.edu.au if you would like the zoom link.