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Copy letter from Patrick Moran, Bishop of Dunedin, New Zealand asking the Society to take over a building and turn it into a school

Copy letter from Patrick Moran, Bishop of Dunedin, New Zealand and Fr Joseph Dalton SJ (Superior of the Mission) to Irish Fr Provincial asking the Society to take over a building and turn it into a school. Outlines the conditions proposed and accepted.

Moran, Patrick, 1823-1895, Roman Catholic Bishop of Dunedin

Copy of a letter from Irish Fr Provincial James Tuite SJ to Fr Joseph Dalton SJ concerning a novice he is sending out to Australia.

Copy of a letter from Irish Fr Provincial James Tuite SJ to Fr Joseph Dalton SJ concerning a brother novice (John Flynn SJ) he is sending out to Australia. Remarks that Br Flynn has been in delicate health and is hoping that Australia may suit him better.

Tuite, James, 1831-1891, Jesuit priest

Correspondence between Joseph Winter, Fr Edward Nolan SJ and Fr Joseph Dalton SJ concerning a newspaper article

A file of copy correspondence between Joseph Winter, owner of the Advocate (a Catholic publication) and Fr Nolan SJ concerning a paragraph about St Francis Xavier College in the paper. A note concerning the correspondence by Fr Joseph Dalton SJ remarks 'Fr Nolan's language is not only very uncharitable and unjustifiable it is also a "libel" - Winter appeals to me for redress. I intend requesting Fr Nolan to "withdraw" the expressions.' (nd, 1p).

Dalton, Joseph, 1817-1905, Jesuit priest

Letter from Archbishop Patrick Moran to Fr Joseph Dalton SJ concerning a crisis at St John's College

Letter from Archbishop Patrick Moran, St Mary's Cathedral to Fr Joseph Dalton SJ concerning a crisis at St John's College and a proposal to put Fr Clancy SJ or Fr Kelly SJ forward as Rector of the college and a letter (written on the back) from Fr Dalton to Fr Aloysius Sturzo SJ, Superior of the Mission, concerning the letter. Includes a copy reply from Fr Dalton to the Archbishop.

Moran, Patrick Francis, 1830-1911, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Sydney

Letter from Fr John Forrest to the Superior of the Mission concerning the will of Archdeacon McEncroe

Letter from Fr John Forrest, Rector, St John's College, University of Sydney to Fr James Dalton SJ (Superior of the Mission), Melbourne concerning the will of Archdeacon McEncroe in which he made provisions for a Jesuit to be appointed to the Chair of Logic and Theology in St John's College, University of Sydney. Includes a copy of a letter sent by Fr Dalton SJ to Irish Fr Provincial Edmund O'Reilly SJ concerning the matter.

Forrest, John 1820–1883, Catholic priest and college rector

Letter from Fr Joseph Dalton SJ, St Ignatius College, Riverview, Sydney concerning the proposal to sell St Aloysius College

Letter from Fr Joseph Dalton SJ, St Ignatius College, Riverview, Sydney to Fr Patrick Keating SJ concerning the proposal to sell St Aloysius College. Suggests selling Loyola instead and keeping St Aloysius College as a novitiate, a mission house and house of studies.

Dalton, Joseph, 1817-1905, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Joseph Dalton SJ, St Ignatius College, Riverview, Sydney to Fr Joseph O'Malley SJ, remarking that he cannot send anybody else out to help in New Zealand.

Letter from Fr Joseph Dalton SJ (Superior of the Mission), St Ignatius College, Riverview, Hunter's Hill, Sydney to Fr Joseph O'Malley SJ (Superior), New Zealand remarking that he cannot send anybody else out to help in New Zealand. Details health of Jesuit scholastics and Jesuits.

Dalton, Joseph, 1817-1905, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Thomas Cahill SJ, Bathurst to Fr Joseph Dalton SJ

Letter from Fr Thomas Cahill SJ, Bathurst to Fr Joseph Dalton SJ asking him to write to the Irish Fr Provincial on a matter discussed by Fr Cahill and Fr Dalton. Remarks that he has been suffering from ill health and has been unable to give the triduum to the nuns of Bathurst.

Cahill, Thomas, 1827-1908, Jesuit priest

Letter from John Fitzpatrick, Melbourne, on the annual collection for the Ecclesiastical Seminary, Melbourne

Letter from John Fitzpatrick, Vicar General, Melbourne to Fr Joseph Dalton SJ, Superior of the Mission, requesting him, on behalf of the Bishop, to make the annual collection for the Ecclesiastical Seminary, Melbourne. Includes a copy reply from Fr Dalton. Remarks 'Don't you think it places us in a... false position before the diocese? It makes the "Jesuit Fathers" the applicants for the money whereas the collection is in reality not for us but for his Lordship...'

Fitzpatrick, John, 1810-1890, priest and Vicar General

Letter from J.P. Hall, solicitor, writing from Limerick, to Fr Joseph Dalton SJ in Riverview, Sydney, Australia

Letter from J.P. Hall, solicitor, 100 George Street, Limerick, to Fr Joseph Dalton SJ in Riverview, Sydney, Australia. Reports on his efforts to sell an unnamed property (Cecil Street premises), which later burned down. Offers to send over the money received from the insurance claim, and asks Fr Dalton to decide on a course of action in relation to the damaged property.

Dalton, Joseph, 1817-1905, Jesuit priest

Letter from Sr Mary [ ] Williams to Fr James Dalton SJ concerning the transfer of the Sisters of Charity to Richmond

Letter from Sr Mary [ ] Williams, Convent Sisters of Charity, Hobartown (Hobart, Tasmania) to Fr James Dalton SJ concerning the transfer of the Sisters of Charity to Richmond. Includes a note on the back of the letter from Fr Dalton to Irish Fr Provincial N. Walshe SJ remarking, 'They are not prospering there, because the Presentation Nuns...have the support of the Bishop and Clergy. They must leave or die out...'

Williams, Mary, Sister of Charity

Letter from the Superior of the Australian Mission, Fr Joseph Dalton SJ to Fr Joseph Lentaigne SJ

Letter from the Superior of the Australian Mission, Fr Joseph Dalton SJ, Villa Maria, Hunters Hill, Sydney to Fr Joseph Lentaigne SJ concerning the Australian Mission. Refers to a number of topics he wishes to be passed on to Irish Fr Provincial Edmund O'Reilly SJ when Fr Lentaigne returns to Ireland.

Dalton, Joseph, 1817-1905, Jesuit priest

Letters from Fr David McKiniry SJ, St James', Richmond and St Patrick's College, Melbourne, Australia to Fr Edmund O'Reilly SJ

A file of letters from Fr David McKiniry SJ, St James', Richmond and St Patrick's College, Melbourne, Australia to Fr Edmund O'Reilly SJ. Includes a letter written from Melbourne describing Prince Alfred's visit to the city. Describes the situation in St Patrick's College and remarks that its reputation is rising but that further money is needed. Remarks 'We will not be able to work the college even as a day-school for another year without help.' (26 November 1867, 4pp). Includes a letter concerning remarks made by Fr Lentaigne SJ to Fr Dalton SJ (Superior of the Mission). Refers to the estrangement between the Bishops and some of the priests and remarks 'It appears to me...that neither the Bishop nor the leading priests in the city were ever friendly, but that they required of us to work for them and to perform those duties especially which demanded a great deal of time and labour and for which there was no remuneration whatever...' (11 September 1868, 6pp). Includes a letter referring to a lecture delivered by Dr Bromby, headmaster of the Church of England Grammar School on Scripture. Remarks that the lecture was 'most heretical' but that Fr Moore SJ gave the vote of thanks. (13 August 1869, 3pp).

McKiniry, David, 1830-1896, Jesuit priest

Letters from Fr Edward Nolan SJ to Fr Joseph Dalton SJ describing New Zealand

A file of letters from Fr Edward Nolan SJ to Fr Joseph Dalton SJ. Includes letters concerning matters in the college at Kew (9 November 1881 - 29 April 1882, 3 items). Includes a letter describing his visit to New Zealand and the journey from Hokitika to Greymouth. Remarks: 'Those who have seen the European Alps say that the Southern Alps of N. Zealand are quite equal to them for grandeur. The scenery too is most varied...The roads over the mountains are cut out of the rock and the precipices hundreds of feet deep along which they run make many a stout heart quail.' (1May [ ], 4pp). Includes a letter concerning his visit to Greymouth, New Zealand. Remarks '...(it) is the most stirring town on the west coast and I believe the most so in N.Z. for its size. A new rush broke out about two months ago...There are 'tis said a thousand Irish there.' (6 May [ ], 4pp).

Nolan, Edward, 1826-1893, Jesuit priest

Letters from Fr Edward Nolan SJ to Irish Fr Provincials concerning the Australian Mission

A file of letters from Fr Edward Nolan SJ to Irish Fr Provincials concerning the Australian Mission. Includes a letter describing the voyage to Australia (16 April 1866, 4pp). Includes a letter referring to St Patrick's College and the poor reputation it has. Remarks '...I am sorry to say that the college was fast losing ground in the estimation of the public for want of management and even yet the evil is not completely checked...we have been informed lately by the priests that we had not succeeded as was anticipated...the college has been looked upon as a failure.' Refers to Fr Dalton and his position as Superior of the Mission. Remarks '...he seems to me to want firmness of purpose and resolution to face the difficulty...My conviction is that if he goes on we cannot succeed.' (26 April 1867, 8pp). Includes a letter describing a trip to Ballarat to preach a sermon and a visit he paid to one of the gold mines called "the Band of Hope". Remarks 'The yield on the day I was there was 437 oz; a few days before it had been 1637 oz for one day, the largest yield ever obtained in a gold mine in Australia and worth over £6,500.' Remarks that he was presented with a nugget which he sold '...for the benefit of Richmond Church.' Continues 'Four hundred miners are employed at this one mine...the close bad air of the mines tells very quickly on them and they die off rapidly. Three batches of them relieve one another every eight hours...the work goes on night and day - Sunday and holiday - otherwise the water would go in upon them and flood the mine.' (22 August 1867, 8pp). Includes a letter referring to a plot of ground made available for the construction of a church at Hawthorn (24 October 1867, 4pp). Includes a letter describing the church at Hawthorn. Remarks '...the...church is greatly admired by all - Catholic and Protestant. It will be...one of the prettiest in the colony (11 October [1868], 12pp). Includes a letter, describing, in detail, a trip to New Zealand, the people he met there and the landscape. Remarks 'There is a complete dearth of good respectable Catholic boys-schools throughout the whole of New Zealand.' Remarks that there is a lack of clergy and as a result many people have lost their faith. (12 August 1870, 12pp). Includes a letter referring to the opening of a boarding school. Asks Fr Provincial for more fathers who can teach in the school (28 March 1872, 4pp).

Nolan, Edward, 1826-1893, Jesuit priest

Letters from Fr James Huggard SJ to Fr Joseph Dalton SJ concerning his life at Sevenhill and how he is getting on

A file of letters from Fr James Huggard SJ (Austro-Hungarian Province), St Aloysius College, Sevenhill, South Australia to Fr Joseph Dalton SJ concerning his life at Sevenhill and how he is getting on. Remarks that he has grown tired of living at Sevenhill, 'I am in truth sick and tired of this place more than I thought I could be of any place in this world.' (2 June 1881, 4pp). Note: it would appear that Fr Huggard left the Society.

Huggard, James, b 1843, former Jesuit priest

Letters from Fr Joseph Dalton SJ to Irish Fr Provincial concerning the Australian Mission

A file of letters from Fr Joseph Dalton SJ, (Superior: 1866 - 1872; 1879 - 2 September 1883) to irish Fr Provincial concerning the Australian Mission. (Note: undated fragments - 17 items).

14 May 1866 - 6 December 1869, 52 items
Includes a letter concerning a 'serious hitch' with the Bishop over the boundaries of the Mission (24 May 1866, 4pp). Includes a letter concerning a successful agreement between the Society and the Archbishop. Remarks that the Archbishop is very anxious that the Jesuit Fathers obtain the best sites for their houses and to this end has applied to the government for a 'church reserve.' (26 June 1866, 4pp). Includes a letter referring to an invitation by Dr Murphy for the Jesuits to set up a Mission in Tasmania. Remarks that he discussed the matter with his Consultors who felt it was not a desirable offer 'But the real danger is - if Dr. Murphy calls in the Marists or any other body and if they open a community in...Tasmania before we shall have opened one here we may be "cut out" by them; a college in Tasmania even if not a great success might interfere seriously with our college here..' (22 August 1866, 10pp). Includes a letter expressing his disappointment that Fr Provincial can provide neither men nor money for the Australian Mission. Remarks 'It is a great delusion to imagine that gold in Australia is like coal in Newcastle - would it were! The lucky golden days out here are all past and gone and it now requires great capital and great machinery to work the mines... which...lie out here some 200 or 300 feet underground.' Refers to Sir Charles Gavan Duffy lately arrived in Australia. Remarks that he (Fr Dalton) is his Parish Priest and that he has called to see him (26 November 1866, 7pp). Includes a letter referring to the laying of the foundation stone of the church of St Ignatius. Includes a rough plan of the design (25 July 1867, 4pp). Includes a letter marked private concerning the crisis over appointing a new Bishop. Remarks that Dr Goold is acting as administrator temporarily but asks if one of the Jesuit Fathers could be appointed. Remarks 'The laity were about sending a petition to Rome for one of us - I dissuaded them...it will ruin the Melbourne Mission and I intend to impress this on Dr Goold...' (nd, 2pp). (Note: this letter is see also filed after the letter dated 27 July 1867). Includes a letter referring to the litigation over Fr Therry's will. Remarks that this is hindering their plans to secure a site for a new college (26 August 1867, 6pp). Includes a letter describing a visit he made to Fr Therry's sister in Hobart. Remarks that everything has been settled '..I found Miss Therry and her brother most favourably disposed towards us and most anxious that Fr Therry's will and "instructions" should be carried out: they were under the impression however that the Trustees were making away with the property and hence the lawsuit.' (25 September 1867, 8pp). Includes a letter referring to the building of the churches at Richmond and Hawthorn. Remarks 'The two churches are going on well TG - Hawthorn mason work will be completed in a month TG - the Richmond church ("dear and ugly") is rising more slowly and winning admiration as it grows..' (4 January 1868, 8pp). Includes a letter concerning Fr Therry's property and the various allotments left to the Society of Jesus (28 February 1868, 4pp). Includes a lengthy letter replying to a series of charges levelled against the Mission by Fr Lentaigne. Remarks '...I feel that Fr Lentaigne's bill of indictment is greatly exaggerated and in some respects childish - it is almost entirely made up of charges against Fr Nolan...' (11 September 1868, 14pp). Includes a letter referring to the Benedictines in Sydney. Remarks '...(they) are broken down completely - they have failed in every way, their school, their convent - their priests and their Lay Brothers - all a failure. The laity and some of the clergy are very anxious that the Archbishop should give us Lyndhurst for a college, the Marist too are most anxious to see us there..' (4 December 1868, 10pp).

3 January 1870 - 11 May 1879; 87 items
Includes a letter referring to the endowment by Dr McEnroe of a Chair in St John's College (27 March 1870, 11pp). Includes a letter concerning the General Elections and the Education Bill and the Bishop's directive that the clergy should use all their power to ensure the Bishop's directive that the clergy should use all their power to ensure that men opposed to the Government's Education Bill should be returned. Remarks that he did as much as he could quietly. Continues 'We all abstained from voting tho' the B(isho)p was very anxious - Fr General has already forbidden ours to vote under any pretence.' (23 March 1871, 8pp). Includes a letter discussing the pros and cons of the Mission's first attempt at convictus. (20 May 1871, 8pp). Includes a letter describing a visit he paid to South Australia to give a series of retreats. Describes the Mission of the German Fathers of the Society of Jesus in detail. Remarks 'I have had a special reason for giving you...(a) very detailed...account of the Mission of our German Fathers (because... our German Fathers...are very anxious for an amalgamation of the two missions - theirs and ours).' Remarks that he would not approve of an amalgamation and sets out his reasons for this opinion.' (22 August 1872, 8pp). Includes a letter referring to his attempt to raise money for the new colleges. Remarks that he is in Castlemain '...begging for our new colleges, I fear I shall not make my fortune - the place is poor and I am not a good walker and a beggar should be a good walker and a good rider also - I am neither...' (25 February 1873, 4pp). Includes a letter referring to the new secular Education Bill coming into operation. Remarks that it is the Jesuit Father's duty to provide for the schools 'Xtian Brothers for our boys and nuns for our girls are only hope..' (2 January 1974, 4pp).

16 October 1880 - 17 June 1889; 21 items
Includes a letter regarding his health and requests to be relieved from his position as Superior of the Mission as soon as possible. Refers to a meeting of Land League sympathisers at which Fr Joseph O’Malley SJ spoke very strongly. Remarks that he wrote to Fr O'Malley SJ on the matter. Continues 'To make matters worse I learned that the "Land League" had arranged to have 5000 copies of Fr O'Malley's speech...printed...I wrote at once to the printers but was too late...Fr Mulhall and Fr Clancy...agree with me in looking on the speech as very imprudent.' (24 July 1881, 12pp). Includes a letter concerning the conduct of Fr James Kennedy SJ at the graveside of Archbishop Steins which caused great upset to the Jesuit Fathers and members of the diocese. Remarks that he had to severely reprimand Fr Kennedy SJ ([September 1881], 6pp).

Dalton, Joseph, 1817-1905, Jesuit priest

Letters from Fr Joseph Lentaigne SJ to Irish Provincial Fr Edmund J O'Reilly SJ concerning the Australian Mission

A file of letters from Fr Joseph Lentaigne SJ to Irish Provincial Fr Edmund J O'Reilly SJ concerning the Australian Mission. Includes a letter describing the voyage to Australia (18 September 1865,4pp). Includes a letter referring to the Archbishop's wish that the Jesuit Fathers 'take up the absolute care of this (St. Patrick's) college and he will give us two additional things viz.: the parish of Richmond and the ground for a University College...The Bishop will sign a document giving it over to us exclusively and declaring that it can never be taken from us unless we wish to give it up.' (25 September 1865, 4pp). Includes a letter expressing his delight that two more Fathers are to be sent out to St. Patrick's College. Describes the pupils that attend the college (24 March 1866, 8pp). Includes a letter concerning Fr Dalton's arrival in Melbourne. Refers to Miss Therry's threat of legal action concerning her brother's will (25 April 1866, 2pp). Includes a letter referring to his return to Ireland and his travel arrangements. Remarks 'I have often written in fulfillment of what I believed to be my duty as a Consultor and expressed a difference in opinion from Fr Dalton and some of his advisers in many points of importance.' Continues by referring to various matters he feels need attention.' Remarks '...I cannot but despond at the prospects of this mission.' (3 March 1868, 8pp).

Lentaigne, Joseph, 1805-1884, Jesuit priest

Letters from Fr Joseph O'Malley SJ, Australia concerning his voyage to Australia and the Mission

  • IE IJA MSSN/AUST/242
  • File
  • 20 May 1870 - 22 February 1883; 11 March 1908 - 8 June 1909
  • Part of Irish Jesuit Missions

A file of letters from Fr Joseph O'Malley SJ, Australia to Irish Fr Provincial concerning his voyage to Australia and the Mission. Includes a letter referring to Fr Dalton SJ (Superior of the Mission). Remarks 'Fr Dalton has no firmness of character. Even when he sees most clearly what is to be done, the slightest opposition makes him abandon it.' (16 July 1870, 1p). Includes a letter concerning the Bishop's offer of the parish of Invercargill, New Zealand (8 June 1881, 4pp). Includes a letter referring to a manuscript he wrote entitled 'Complete Theory of Music' which he sent to Fr Sturzo in the hope of having it published (19 September 1881, 3 items).

O'Malley, Joseph, 1832-1910, Jesuit priest

Letters from Fr Joseph O'Malley SJ, Superior, St Aloysius College, Waikari, Dunedin, New Zealand to Fr Joseph Dalton SJ

A file of letters from Fr Joseph O'Malley SJ, Superior, St Aloysius College, Waikari, Dunedin, New Zealand to Fr Joseph Dalton SJ (Superior of the Mission). Includes a letter informing him that the Bishop has offered Invercargill Parish as a Mission to the Jesuit Fathers (16 February 1881, 3pp). Includes a letter discussing the college and the various difficulties that have arisen between him and Fr Thomas McEnroe SJ. Concludes 'Now my dear Fr Dalton, I think that a competent man should be sent here as Superior. You will laugh to hear how I "rule" I ask the boys and I ask the servants and I ask the nuns; and I do whatever I am told...Oh I do wish it were the year 1982 or that there were no boys!' (25 February 1882, 6pp). Includes a letter referring to Fr McEnroe's ill health and his own. Asks Fr Dalton for help. On the back of this letter is another letter from Fr Dalton to Irish Fr Provincial (James Tuite) asking for advice (13 March 1882, 4pp).

List of melodies for schools and mission

List of melodies for schools and mission. Includes a note remarking that the words did not accompany the table of contents. Asks for the words to be included in Fr Dalton's bill and box.

Material relating to Fr Joseph Dalton SJ - notebook and calendar of letters

A file relating to Fr Joseph Dalton SJ. Includes a calendar of letters received by Fr Joseph Dalton SJ compiled by Errol Lea-Scarlett, Archivist, Riverview (1977-2001, 17pp). Includes notebook compiled by Fr Joseph Dalton SJ entitled 'Consultations St. Patrick's College, Melbourne.' The notebook in fact contains other notes including copies of letters to Irish Fr Provincial and notes relating to other communities in Australia e.g. Sevenhills, St Francis Xavier's College, Kew, Richmond Parish, St. Kilda House, Riverview. (3 November 1870 - [ ] January 1883, ca. 60pp). Includes notes on Sir Edward Strickland compiled by Fr Dalton SJ (1 March 1899, 2pp).

Dalton, Joseph, 1817-1905, Jesuit priest

Sketches compiled by Fr Joseph Dalton SJ on deceased members of the Society

Sketches compiled by Fr Joseph Dalton SJ on deceased members of the Society in Australia for 'Memorials of the Irish Province' including Frs John Cunningham SJ (1817-1858), and the pilgrimage to St Stanislaus College, Tullabeg, County Offaly before the Irish famine on the 'first Sundays' (Bona Mors) and Br Philip Reilly SJ (1784-1868).

Dalton, Joseph, 1817-1905, Jesuit priest