Religious History Association Research Workshop Grants 2016

The Religious History Association invites applications for grants to support the study and publication of religious history. The closing date for applications is Thursday 30 June 2016. The aim of the grants is to facilitate the holding of workshops/conferences with a view to publication of research. Two forms of grant will be considered consistent with Read more …

A Mission Divided: Race, Culture and Colonialism in Fiji’s Methodist Mission

Kirstie Close-Barry’s A Mission Divided: Race, Culture and Colonialism in Fiji’s Methodist Mission (ANU Press) recounts the stories told by Methodist missionaries and ministers to its grassroots membership, and draws on archival and ethnographic research to reveal the emergence of ethno-nationalisms in Fiji, the legacies of which are still being managed in the post-colonial state Read more …

Martin Griver – Unearthed

Odhran O’Brien’s biography Martin Griver – Unearthed (St Paul’s Publications) covers the Spanish-born priest’s leadership of colonial Western Australia’s early Catholic community, including the Catholic Church’s ministry and social welfare outreach. Vatican intervention, interfaith relations and the role of Catholicism in colonial expansion are explored.

Report of Rosendo Salvado to Propaganda Fide in 1883

Stefano Girola launched in Perth last month his translated and edited Report of Rosendo Salvado to Propaganda Fide in 1883 (Morning Star Publishing). Bishop Salvado’s 1883 Report provides a detailed account of the Benedictine mission among the Noongar people of Western Australia. A primary source for those interested in the history of the Benedictine mission Read more …

Congratulations to AHA member recipients of State Library of NSW fellowships!

Russell McGregor has been awarded the 2016 David Scott Mitchell Memorial Fellowship for a project entitled ‘Bush Naturalist: A Life of Alec Chisholm’, which will culminate in a book-length biography of this pioneer conservationist and popular natural-history writer. Cath Bishop has been awarded the 2016 Australian Religious History Fellowship for a project entitled ‘“She Has Read more …

Indigenous History and Religion

The Australian Studies Research Network November talk Join Professor Tim Rowse who examines the Christian-influenced writing of three Indigenous Australians, Professor Adam Possamai, who explores Indigenous peoples complex understandings of ‘spirituality’ and ‘religion’, and Dr Laura Rademaker, who reveals the exchanges of language and faith between missionaries and North Australian Aboriginals. All are welcome to Read more …

Indigenous Evangelists and Questions of Authority in the British Empire 1750–1945

Peggy Brock and Norman Etherington (along with Gareth Griffith and Jacqueline Van Gent) have just published  Indigenous Evangelists and Questions of Authority in the British Empire 1750–1945 (Brill). It is the first full-length historical study of indigenous evangelists across a range of societies, geographical regions and colonial regimes and the first to focus on the Read more …

The Man the Anzacs Revered: William ‘Fighting Mac’ McKenzie, Anzac Chaplain

Daniel Reynaud’s The Man the Anzacs Revered: William ‘Fighting Mac’ McKenzie, Anzac Chaplain is the first biography of ‘Fighting Mac’ to sort the facts from the fiction and present William McKenzie as he was. McKenzie was one of the most famous of the Anzacs, a legend for his work on Gallipoli and in France. He, Read more …