Catholic Church

Events

1606 Spanish naval captain Pedro Fernandez de Quiros calls Vanuatu “La Australia del Spiritu Santo” – Southland of the Holy Spirit

1 January 1606 - 2 January 1606

1802 Foundation of Christian Brothers by Edmund Ignatius Rice, Ireland

1 January 1802

1803 First public Mass said by Fr. Dixon

1 January 1803

1820 Frs. Therry and Conolly, the first official priests arrive

1 January 1820

1821 Construction of first Catholic church at Richmond, Tasmania

1 January 1821

1833 Fr. Ullathorne arrives in Sydney as Vicar-General

1 January 1833

1835 Bede Polding becomes Australia’s first Catholic bishop

1 January 1835

1839 Arrival of Fr. Patrick Geoghegan in Melbourne

1 January 1839

1847 James Alepius Goold becomes first Catholic bishop of Melbourne

1 January 1847

1848 The Catholic Church in Australia is divided into provinces and dioceses

1 January 1848

1852 Fr. Henry Backhaus begins to say Mass in a tent on the goldfields of Bendig

1 January 1852

1861 Mercy Sisters arrive in Queensland

1 January 1861

1866 Mary McKillop and Fr. Julian Tenison Woods found Sisters of St. Joseph

1 January 1866

1868 Christian Brothers arrive in Melbourne

1 January 1868

1872-85 Colonial governments end state-aid to Church schools

1 January 1872

1878 Arrival of the Jesuits in Sydney

1 January 1878

1893 St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne opened, run by Sisters of Charity

1 January 1893

1906 Beginning of Missionaries of the Sacred Heart missions in the Northern Territory

1 January 1906

1909 Death of Mary McKillop

1 January 1909

1913 Arrival of Archbishop Daniel Mannix in Melbourne

1 January 1913

1923 Archbishop Mannix founds Corpus Christi College

1 January 1923

1928 International Eucharistic Congress, Sydney

1 January 1928

1940 Norman Thomas Gilroy becomes Archbishop of Sydney

1 January 1940

1946 Archbishop Gilroy becomes first Australian Cardinal

1 January 1946

1962 Resumption of State Aid to Catholic schools

1 January 1962

1970 Paul VI visits Australia, consecrates first Papuan-born Bishop

1 January 1970

1991 Foundation of the Australian Catholic University

1 January 1991

1995 John Paul II visits Australia for Beatification of Mary McKillop

1 January 1995