Kenny, John, Roman Catholic Dean of Sydney
History of the commencement and progress of Catholicity in Australia, up to the year 1840 / by the very Revd. Dean Kenny
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Sydney : F. Cunninghame & Co., 1886
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CHAPTER II. The causes which led to the foundation of the Colony.—Captain Arthur Phillip of the Royal Navy, selected by the Home Government to be the first Governor of the New Colony.— The landing of the Colonists.—The Inauguration of the Government, 7th February, 1788.—The Governor’s Speech. —Two French Discovery ships anchor in Botany Bay.— The death of the Priest, Pere Receveur.—The resignation of Governor Phillip. 25
CHAPTER III. The Religious and Social Condition of the Colony after the departure of Governor Phillip.—The arrival of three Priests in 1799.—Governor King, by directions of the Home Government, gives permission to Father Dixon to exercise his clerical functions.—The insurrection at Castle Hill.—Extreme liberality of the Home Government to the Church of England.—Father Dixon falsely accused of complicity in the rebellion at Castle Hill. 34
CHAPTER IV. 1808—The Coup d’Etat, when Governor Bligh was deposed, and Mr. John McArthur appointed himself Colonial Secretary. —Arrival of Governor Macquarie, in 1809.—The Very Rev. Jeremiah O’Flynn arrived, 9th November, 1817.—Archpriest O’Flynn compelled by the Governor to leave the Colony. 48
CHAPTER V. 2nd May, 1820.—The arrival of Fathers Therry and Connelly.— Extraordinary instructions of Governor Macquarie to these two clergymen.—Foundation-Stone of St. Mary’s laid by Governor Macquarie, 29th October, 1821.—The reason why Father Therry was deprived of his salary, and forbidden to officiate.—In the year 1829 Mr. Roger Therry arrives as Commissioner of the Court of Requests. 57
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CHAPTER VI. The Arrival of Governor Bourke, 3rd December, 1831.—Great Meeting of the Catholics on March 30th, 1832.—The Speech of Roger Therry, representing the grievances of the Catholics. —Memorial carried at the meeting in favour of Father Therry.—The arrival of Rev. John McEncroe with the appointment of Roman Catholic Chaplain, and John Hubert Plunkett, as Solicitor-General, in May, 1832.—The Very Rev. Dr. Ullathorne arrives as Vicar-General, 1832.—The Origin and Provisions of Sir Richard Bourke's Church Act. 78
CHAPTER VII. The appointment of Dr. Folding as Bishop-Vicar-Apostolic of New Holland.—Consecrated Feast of S.S. Peter and Paul, 29th June, 1834.—Arrives at Hobart, 6th August, 1835.— Arrives in Sydney 13th September, 1835.—Installation of the Bishop in St. Mary’s, 22nd September, 1835.—The plan of the Bishop for the reformation of the manners of the people.—The acknowledgements of Governor Bourke as to the change of conduct.—Laying, by the Bishop, of the foundation stone of St. Patrick’s Church, at Parramatta.—Petition of Bishop Folding, to Government, for more Priests. 91
PART II. CHAPTER I. A great Protestant Meeting, held in the Pulteney Hotel, Sydney, in the year 1836, in favour of the Denominational System of Education.—An Account of the Foundation of Melbourne, by Governor Bourke, in the year 1837.—The resignation of Sir Richard Bourke, and the cause why he resigned.—The Departure of the Governor.—The Address of Bishop Folding and the Catholic Clergy to His Excellency before his departure, and the Governor’s Reply. 130
CHAPTER II. The first Ordinations which took place in the Colony.—The departure of the Vicar-General Dr. Ullathorne, for Europe, to procure more priests.—Public meeting of the Catholics held in St. Mary’s Cathedral to raise funds for the completion of the building.—The first Oratorio given in the Colony.— The commencement of St. Mary’s Seminary.—The labours of Bishop Polding..—The accidental death of the Revd. J. V. Corcoran.—Laying of the Foundation Stone of St Mathew’s Church, Windsor, 20th December, 1836.—The Ordination of Revd. H .G. Gregory, to the order of Priesthood, 17th March, 1837.—The Arrival of the Revd. Charles Lovat, who takes charge of St. Mary’s Seminary. 139
CHAPTER III. Strenuous efforts made for the completion of St. Mary’s cathedral.—The arrival of two priests, Revs. Brady and, Gould and two ecclesiastical students, 24th February, 1838—Grants of land given by catholics and others as sites for churches—The treatment of Father Brady when he applied to a protestant gentleman for a subscription to help in building his church—The efforts of Dr. Ullathorne to obtain priests in Ireland—The arrival of eight Roman catholic clergymen, 15th July, 1838—Some extracts and remarks on Dr. Ullathorne’s pamphlet entitled “The Catholic Mission in Australasia.” 144
CHAPTER IV. The arrival of the Right Rev. Dr. Pompalier in Sydney, the first Bishop and Vicar-Apostolic of New Zealand, 8th Deer., 1837. —The treatment which he met with at ihe hands of the protestant missionaries when he arrived in New Zealand. —The letter of Mr. Thomas Poynton of Hokianga, N.Z.— Public Meeting in St. Mary’s Cathedral to repel the charge made by Judge Willis, that “the worship of the Catholic Church was idolatrous.”—The opinion of the Protestant Bishop in regard to the denominational system of Education.—The opinion of Sir John Jamison.—Political movements commenced in the Colony. 154
CHAPTER V The return of the Vicar-General, Dr. Ullathorne, to the colony with three priests, three ecclesiastical students, and five sisters of charity, December 31, 1838.—Great meeting of the Catholics in St. Mary’s Cathedral, presided over by Bishop Polding.—Dr. Ullathorne’s speech, giving an account of his travels in Europe.—The Sisters of Charity, their work, and the origin of their coming to the colony.—The able and statesman-like letter of Sir Richard Bourke in reply to the Bishop of Exeter, Dr. Philpotts, of Exeter Hall notoriety. 172
CHAPTER VI. The arrival of Sir George Gipps, 24th February, 1838—Instructions of Lord Glenelg giving the order of precedence of the Civil and Ecclesiastical Authorities—Complaint of Bishop) Broughton against Bishop Folding, for having been received at the Government House in the habiliments appropriate to a Bishop of Rome—Letter of Bishop Polding in reply to the allegation made by the Protestant Bishop—The case submitted to the Catholic Institute in London, and their Answer. 193
CHAPTER VII. A great public meeting of the Catholics in Sydney, 10th Sept., 1840, when a branch of the Catholic Institute of Great Britain was established, and also a branch of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith—The general objects of the Catholic Institute of Great Britain, with the names of the patrons—The labours of Bishop Polding—Laying the Foundation Stone of St. Joseph’s Church at the Lower Hawkesbury—Foundation Stone laid by Bishop Polding at West Maitland —Ordinations in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, 18th Oct., 1840—Foundation Stone of the Church of St. Francis Xavier at Wollongong laid by Bishop Polding—The Foundation Stone of the Schoolhouse at Campbelltown blessed by Bishop Polding. 203
CHAPTER VIII. Wesleyan lamentations about the progress of Catholicity—The Opening of St. Matthew’s Church, Windsor, 21st Oct. 1840— The Foundation stone of All Saint’s Church, Liverpool, laid by Bishop Polding—Departure of Dr. Ullathorne for Adelaide—The establishment of a Catholic Circulating Library, under the patronage of his Lordship the Bishop—Meeting held in the Catholic School-room, Castlereagh-street, to devise means for the erection of a new church in Sydney, to be dedicated to St. Patrick 221
CHAPTER IX. Preparations of the Catholic Committee of St. Mary’s for the Departure of Bishop Polding and Dr. Ullathorne for England —Presentation of addresses to Bishop Polding and Dr. Ullathorne, and Rev. H. G. Gregory—Departure of Bishop Polding and party for England—The great estimation and respect in which the two catholic gentlemen, John Hubert Plunkett, Attorney-General of New South Wales, and Roger Therry, Esq., Commissioner of the Court of Requests, were held by the inhabitants of the Colony—The state of the Colony, Religion, and Education, when Bishop Polding left, in the year 140—An Abridgement of the reply of Dr. Ullathorne to Judge Burtons Book. 227
APPENDIX. A SHORT ESSAY ON THE ABORIGINES OP AUSTRALIA. “Reges Tharsia et insulæ munera Offerent.” 249



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