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Account for the Melbourne Mission

Account for the Melbourne Mission, total receipts and expenses in Australia, '3 students and one teacher were fed daily'.

Irish Jesuit Mission to Australia, 1865-1931

Agreement between Dr Mannix, Archbishop of Melbourne and the Society of Jesus and the administration of Newman College by the Society

A file relating to the agreement between Dr Daniel Mannix, Archbishop of Melbourne and the Society of Jesus and the administration of Newman College by the Society. Includes letters from Fr Albert Power SJ, Rector of Newman College to Irish Fr Provincial, Frs Martin Maher and William Lockington, and correspondence between Dr Daniel Mannix, Archbishop of Melbourne to the Irish Fr Provincial Thomas V Nolan SJ.

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Nolan, Thomas V, 1867-1941, Jesuit priest

Articles on the history of the Jesuit mission to Australia, includes articles on Ireland

Series of articles bound into book format concerning the history of the Jesuit mission to Australia:

  • 'The Woodstock Letters'. Vol. XXXVII. No. 3 'The Society of Jesus in Australia' pp303-318; Vol. XXXVIII. No. 1 pp1-9; Vol. XXXVIII. No. 2 pp161-176; Vol. XXXVIII. ? pp341-349; Vol. XXXIX. No. 2 pp145-160; Vol. XXXIX. No. 3 pp304-318; Vol. XL. No. 1 pp1-16; Vol. XL. No. 2 pp145-160; Vol. XL. No. 3 pp274-288; Vol. XLI. No. 1 pp1-6;

  • catalogue of the Adelaide residence of the Australian Mission (1862; 1869-1870; 1874; 1877; 1880; 1886; 1889) and the Australian Mission (1887; 1893; 1902; 1912);

  • contemporary newspaper clippings of Jesuit houses in Australia;

  • copy of 'Edmund Campion’s History of Ireland' by the Rev. John Hungerford Pollen SJ with an inscription to Fr John Conmee SJ by J. H. Pollen SJ reprinted from ‘The Month’, December, 1905, and February, 1906.

  • articles by Fr Matthew Devitt SJ on 'Summerhill, County Meath and its neighbourhood', published in Kildare Archaeological Society;

  • 'Irish University Education: A plea for Fair Play' by Fr William Delany SJ (1904);

  • 'Brief memoir of Fr Patrick Duffy SJ' (1904);

  • 'The Annual Report of the Apostolic School of Ireland' (Society of Jesus) 1884-1885, 1886, 1895;

  • extracts from the diary of Mungret College (1884-1885);

  • copy letters from Rev. F. Ronan to the Fathers and Students of Mungret College during the journey through the United States (September 1884- Christmas 1885).

Australian Mission

The Irish Jesuit Mission to Australia was initiated due to the will of Fr John Joseph Therry (1790-1864), who named the Irish Jesuits as beneficiaries to his property in Australia, and by an invitation to the Irish Province by James Alipius Goold, Bishop of Melbourne (later Archbishop) (1812-1886) to set-up a mission in his diocese. The first two Irish Jesuits, Frs William Lentaigne (1805-1884) and William Kelly (1823-1909), arrived in Melbourne in September 1865. Previously, two Austrian Jesuits, Frs. Kranewitter (1817-1880) and Klinkowstroem (1819-1896) had arrived in 1848 after Jesuit expulsion from Austria. The Austrian Mission centred on South Australia and the Northern Territory. In 1901, the Austrian and Irish missions amalgamated. Australia was made a Vice-Province in 1931 and Fr Austin Kelly SJ (1891-1978) was named the first Provincial of the Australian Province in 1950.

The papers of the Australian Mission provide a comprehensive history of the Irish Jesuit Mission, concentrating on the years 1865-1931. The Irish Jesuits worked as missionaries, educators, writers, chaplains, theologians, scientists, pastors and directors of retreats, mainly in the urban communities of eastern Australia.

Subjects touched upon include: agreements with Archbishops in establishing Jesuit houses in a particular diocese; reflections on the journey to and from Australia; administration of schools, colleges, universities and Jesuit residences - (St Patrick’s, Melbourne; St Francis Xavier College, Kew, Melbourne; St Aloysius, Dunedin (NZ); St Aloysius College, Sydney ; St Ignatius College, Riverview, Sydney; St Louis, Claremont, Western Australia; Newman College, University of Melbourne); parishes - (Norwood and Sevenhills in South Australia; Invercargill (NZ); Melbourne; Sydney; Toowong and Indooroopilly in Queensland); financial documents; expansion of the Mission; and correspondence between Father Provincial in Ireland and Jesuits in Australia. By far the greatest number of letters sent to Father Provincial in Ireland was from Fr John Ryan SJ (1849-1922) (Superior of the Mission from 11 February 1901-14 June 1908; 9 April 1913-24 October 1917). Until the creation of the Australian Mission as a Vice-Province, the Irish Provincial was kept informed of every minor detail about the Mission and often decision making in Australia was delayed until approval from Dublin was given.

Although this collection provides a comprehensive history of the Australian Mission, there are some gaps. For example, the collection does not contain any deeds or other legal documents relating to property obtained by the Society of Jesus in Australia and it is presumed that these documents would have been kept by the Superior of the Mission and later the Vice-Provincial of the Vice-Province in Australia, where they remain today.

Superiors of the Irish Jesuit Mission to Australia (1865-1931)
Fr Joseph Lentaigne SJ 1865-1866
Fr Joseph Dalton SJ 1866-1872
Fr Thomas Cahill SJ 1872-1879
Fr Joseph Dalton SJ 1879-2 September 1883
Fr Aloysius Sturzo SJ 2 September 1883-5 April 1890
Fr Patrick Keating SJ 5 April 1890-1 February 1895
Fr Timothy Kenny SJ 1 February 1895-11 February 1901
Fr John Ryan SJ 11 February 1901-14 June 1908
Fr Thomas Brown SJ 14 June 1908-9 April 1913
Fr John Ryan SJ 9 April 1913-24 October 1917
Fr William Lockington SJ 24 October 1917-20 June 1923
Fr Jeremiah Sullivan SJ 20 June 1923-19 March 1931

Vice-Provincials of the Vice-Province of Australian (1931-1950)
Fr John Fahy SJ 19 March 1931-25 August 1939
Fr John Meagher SJ 25 August 1939-1 October 1947
Fr Austin Kelly SJ 1 October 1947-1 November 1950

Irish Vice-Province of the Society of Jesus, 1830-

Balance sheets for the Australian Mission

A file of balance sheets for the following:
Richmond Residence
Richmond Parish
Sevenhill Residence
Sevenhill Parish
Norwood Residence
Norwood Parish
St Patrick's College, Melbourne
Xavier College, Kew
Hawthorn Parish
Hawthorn Residence
Riverview College, Sydney
St Aloysius College, North Sydney
Loyola College, Sydney

Irish Jesuit Mission to Australia, 1865-1931

Bequest of left to the Society of Jesus in Australia by Fr Mathew Ryan

A file relating to a bequest of £400 left to the Society of Jesus in Australia by Fr Matthew Ryan to be used for the foreign missions. Refers to Fr Frank Browne SJ and his health in Australia, and copy of a letter from the Irish Fr Provincial John Fahy SJ to Superior of the Mission, Fr Jeremiah Sullivan SJ (30 August 1924).

Sullivan, Jeremiah, 1877-1960, Jesuit priest

Booklets by Fr Albert Power SJ

Booklets entitled 'Problems which Christ alone can solve: IV The flame of passion V. The tyranny of pain' (1925); 'The Inspiration of the Bible' (1945) and ‘The Great Quest and Other Papers’ by Fr Albert Power SJ.

Power, Albert, 1870-1948, Jesuit priest

Consultors letter from Fr Matthew Egan SJ to the Irish Fr Provincial concerning the creation of a Vice-Province

Consultors letter from Fr Matthew Egan SJ, St Patrick's College, East Melbourne to the Irish Fr Provincial John Fahy SJ concerning the creation of a Vice-Province and the shortage of men. Refers to the Novitiate and advises that a Juniorate should be established.

Egan, Matthew, 1872-1941, Jesuit priest

Consultor's letters to Irish Fr Provincial

  • IE IJA MSSN/AUST/199
  • File
  • 31 January 1885; 23 July 1885; 3 July 1897; 7 January 1913 - 31 January 1919
  • Part of Irish Jesuit Missions

A file of Consultor's letters from the following to Irish Fr Provincial:
Fr Patrick Keating SJ St. Ignatius College, Riverview, Sydney;
Fr William Hughes SJ, St. Francis Xavier's College, Kew, Melbourne;
Fr J. R. Murphy SJ, St. Ignatius College, Riverview, Sydney;
Fr Lucas Murphy SJ, Glenferrie Presbytery, Melbourne;
Fr C. Morrogh SJ, St Ignatius, Richmond, Melbourne;
Fr Francis Ryan SJ, St Patrick's College, East Melbourne;
Fr Thomas O'Dwyer SJ, St Patrick's College, East Melbourne;
Fr J. C. Hartnett SJ, St Patrick's College, East Melbourne;
Fr Patrick McGrath SJ, St. Ignatius, Richmond, Melbourne;
Fr J. Martin SJ, Xavier College, Kew, Melbourne
Fr Michael Egan SJ, Xavier College, Kew, Melbourne and a general summary of points raised by Consultors.

Irish Jesuit Mission to Australia, 1865-1931

Copies of the St Patrick's College Gazette

A file containing copies of The St. Patrick's College Gazette. The Gazette was produced on behalf of the members of the college debating association.

St Patrick's College, East Melbourne, 1854-1968

Copy college mems. in Fr Moore's hand

Copy college mems in Fr Moore's hand from Fr Nolan SJ to Irish Fr Provincial. Includes a note written by Fr Moore concerning the college and expanding some points.

Copy letter from Peter J. Murphy to Fr John Ryan SJ concerning the appointment of a Rector to St John's College

Copy letter from Peter J. Murphy, Secretary to the Archbishop, St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney to Fr John Ryan SJ, Superior of the Mission, St Mary's, North Sydney concerning the appointment of a Rector to St John's College, University of Sydney. Includes a copy reply.

Murphy, Peter J, Catholic priest

Copy of a letter from Bishop Patrick Moran, Dunedin, New Zealand to Fr Aloysius Sturzo SJ concerning the withdrawal of all Jesuit Fathers from New Zealand

Copy of a letter from Bishop Patrick Moran, Dunedin, New Zealand to Fr Aloysius Sturzo SJ (Superior of the Mission) concerning Fr Thomas McEnroe SJ and the withdrawal of all Jesuit Fathers from New Zealand. Remarks that abandoning the Mission would be a 'calamity'. Continues 'I cannot expect you to permit Fr McEnroe to remain here alone and I there fore propose you should send some one of your Fathers to work with him in Invercargill...'

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

Cutting with a tribute to Fr Aloysius Sturzo SJ

Cuttings from 'The Catholic Press' of an article entitled 'How the Irish Came to Queensland. The Voyage of the "Erin-go-bragh" and a tribute to Fr Aloysius Sturzo SJ'.

Australian Vice-Province of the Society of Jesus, 1931-

Diary kept by Fr Edward Murphy SJ during the voyage to Australia

Diary kept by Fr Edward Murphy SJ during the voyage to Australia. Includes a covering letter from Fr Murphy, Richmond, Melbourne, Australia to Fr Thomas Brown SJ explaining that Fr Sturzo SJ encouraged him to keep the diary and he wishes Fr Provincial to have the account of the journey. Remarks 'On the whole Australia is a delightful mission and what so many object to namely the sea voyage out is positive pleasure - I never enjoyed six weeks more in my life than the "life on the ocean wave" '.

Murphy, Edward, 1829-1886, Jesuit priest

Discussions that took place between Fr John Ryan SJ and Dr Mannix concerning Newman College, Melbourne

A file relating to the various meetings and discussions that took place between Fr John Ryan SJ (Superior of the Mission) and Dr Mannix concerning the administration of Newman College by the Society of Jesus. Includes typed diary entries of Fr Ryan; a letter from Fr Ryan to Irish Fr Provincial Thomas V Nolan SJ concerning one of these meetings. Remarks 'It was one of the most difficult tasks I ever had to deal with. I have never met a more exacting man in driving a bargain.' (14 October 1917, 2pp).

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Ryan, John, 1849-1922, Jesuit priest

Draft letters from Irish Fr Provincial Thomas V Nolan SJ to Fr O'Dwyer concerning the position of Rector of Newman College

Draft letters, unsigned, from Irish Fr Provincial Thomas V Nolan SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin to Fr James O'Dwyer concerning the position of Rector of Newman College and explaining why Fr O'Dwyer service as Rector was not continued.

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Nolan, Thomas V, 1867-1941, Jesuit priest

Informationes for Br Vincent Johnson SJ

'Informationes' for Br Vincent Johnson SJ and copy letter from St Francis Xavier Residence, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin indicating that materiel sent is incomplete.

Johnson, Vincent, 1890-1978, Jesuit brother

Letter concerning the two fathers setting out from Ireland to establish the Australian Mission

Letter from the Irish Fr Provincial Edmund O'Reilly SJ, Milltown Park, Dublin to [ ] concerning two fathers setting out from Ireland to establish the Australian Mission (Fr William Kelly SJ and Fr Joseph Lentaigne SJ). Refers to Fr Therry's brother in Cork who has agreed to co-operate in anyway so that the Jesuit fathers may secure their bequest.

O'Reilly, Edmund J, 1811-1878, Jesuit priest

Letter from [ ], Apostolic Delegation to Fr Cornelius Hartnett SJ, concerning the establishing of a Guild

Letter from [ ], Apostolic Delegation, 40 Edward Street, North Sydney to Fr Cornelius Hartnett SJ, "Manresa", Norwood concerning the establishing of a Guild and the obtaining of Indulgences. Includes a letter from Fr Hartnett describing the work and progress of the Holy Communion Guilds for young men and boys who have left school.

Hartnett, Cornelius, 1873-1948, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Michael Watson SJ concerning news about various members of the Australian Mission of the Irish Province who have died

Letter from Fr Michael Watson SJ, St Francis Xavier's College, Kew, near Melbourne, Australia to the Irish Novices concerning news about various members of the Australian Mission of the Irish Province who have died. They include Frs Aloysius Kranewitter, James Joyce, Bros. John O'Flynn, William Aloysius Wrigley, Michael Goodwin and Archbishop Steins.

Watson, Michael J, 1845-1931, 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 Archbishop Thomas J Carr to Fr Timothy Kenny SJ concerning Fr Kenny's visit to Australia

Letter from Archbishop Thomas J Carr, St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne to Irish Fr Provincial Timothy Kenny SJ concerning Fr Kenny's visit to Australia. Expresses his gratitude to the Jesuit Fathers for the work they have carried out. Refers to relations between himself and the Jesuit Fathers and describes them as unsatisfactory until Fr Kenny's arrival. Remarks 'You have met all my representations in an open, disinterested and religious spirit. You have framed wise and salutary regulations...You have carried out...the whole object of your mission in a very successful manner.'

Carr, Thomas Joseph, 1839-1917, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne

Letter from Archbishop Thomas J Carr to Fr Timothy Kenny SJ him thanking him for his letter

Copy letter from Archbishop Thomas J Carr, St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne to Irish Fr Provincial Timothy Kenny SJ thanking Fr Kenny for his letter and expresses the wish that the work of the Jesuit Fathers in the Archdiocese will be a 'great gain both to the diocese and to all their works. This is certainly my wish and desire as I know it is yours.'

Carr, Thomas Joseph, 1839-1917, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne

Letter from Brother Aubury, De La Salle Retreat, Castletown, Queen's County concerning a foundation of Christian Brothers in Australia

Letter from Brother Aubury, De La Salle Retreat, Castletown, Queen's County (County Offaly) to Fr John Ryan SJ Gardiner Street, Dublin concerning a foundation of Christian Brothers in Australia. Remarks that he raised the matter a number of years ago with his superiors who were not supportive of the proposal. Continues '...I fear it would be rash for me to hold out hopes of being able to offer Your Reverence a community of Brothers for your interesting schools for a few years to come.'

Maher, Martin, 1861-1942, Jesuit priest

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