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Will of Fr John Joseph Therry

A file relating to the will of Rev. John Joseph Therry. The Irish Jesuits are named as beneficiaries. He bequeathed the management of his entire property in Australia to the Irish Jesuits for religious, charitable and educational purposes.

Therry, John Joseph, 1790-1864, Roman Catholic priest

Statement by Fr Matthew Gahan SJ on his decision to go to the Isle of Man

Statement and a copy of a statement by Fr Matthew Gahan SJ describing the events surrounding his decision to go to the Isle of Man to administer to the Catholic population on the island and his work on the island. Lists names of people who supported him financially and the amounts paid.

Gahan, Matthew, 1782-1837, Jesuit priest

'The Chikuni Mission. How it Came to be Started in 1905'

Three typed copies of a manuscript by Fr.Joseph Moreau SJ entitled 'The Chikuni Mission. How it Came to be Started in 1905' (31pp & 3pp notes. The fourth copy, has on the title page '(not to be published whole or in parts without Fr Moreau's consent.) + approbation!.' (36pp). This copy has handwritten translations of words on reverse page.

Moreau, Joseph, 1864-1949, Jesuit priest and missioner

'Irish Jesuits Among the Mild Batonga'

Booklet entitled 'Irish Jesuits Among the Mild Batonga' by Rev Joseph McSweeney SJ published by the Irish Messenger Office.

McSweeney, Joseph, 1909-1982, Jesuit priest, chaplian and missioner

Letter from Fr Charles Aylmer SJ, Rome to Fr Matthew Gahan SJ, Clongowes Wood, Naas

Letter from Fr Charles Aylmer SJ, Rome, Italy to Fr Matthew Gahan SJ, Clongowes Wood, Naas, Kildare concerning domestic issues in Rome. Refers to a group of Polish fathers who are destined for Clongowes but remarks that he does not know when they will commence their journey. Refers to the General Congregation and the naming of the new Fr. General. Remarks 'You have no idea of all the imbroglios which I have witnessed here; men are men everywhere. I have so little that could edify you on the subject that I judge it more prudent not to enter upon it.' Asks to be remembered to members of the community in Clongowes Wood.

Aylmer, Charles, 1786-1849, Jesuit priest

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

Bound volume of the accounts of the Australian Mission in account with the Irish Province

Bound volume of the accounts of the Australian Mission in account with the Irish Province. Includes Robert Little Estate (23 March 1922 - 25 February 1926, pp. 246 - 247), Fr Joseph Canavan's Estate (1 March 1924, p. 399), Half Year's Contribution (25 March 1884 - 29 September 1884 pp. 401 - 402).

Irish Jesuit Mission to Australia, 1865-1931

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

Jesuit Year Book

Copy of an image from the Jesuit Year Book on the occasion of Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ visitation to Northern Rhodesia.

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

Catechism by Fr Bernard Collins SJ

Catechism written by Fr Bernard Collins SJ, published by the Commerical Press Ltd., Lusaka.

Collins, Bernard P, 1910-1987, Jesuit priest and missioner

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

Correspondence between Mission Office & Zambia

File of correspondence relating to finance between Frs Thomas J. Martin SJ and Vincent Murphy SJ, Mission Office, Dublin and Irish Jesuits in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) including Jesuits William Lee, Joseph Gill, Daniel Byrne, Louis Meagher, Tom Cooney, Des O'Loghlen, James Carroll, John J. O'Leary, Eddie Murphy and John Counihan concerning finance (1951-1978). Includes notes concerning statement of Principal Expenses (1949-1954); annual accounts (1951-1952; 1956-1957; 1965-1966) of Northern Rhodesia / Zambia; contents and financial details of material (trunks) sent to Zambia and procedure for travelling to Northern Rhodesia / Zambia (1956-1963); list of Jesuits who departed for Zambia (1965-1966); Zambia Province Fund (1986).

Letters from Fr Patrick Keating SJ, expressing his frustration at the lack of good men being sent out to Australia

A file of letters from Fr Patrick Keating SJ, St Ignatius College, Riverview, Sydney to Fr Peter [Beckx] SJ. Expresses his frustration at the lack of good men being sent out to Australia. Remarks 'I wish you could be spared to us. This place would suit you in many ways admirably... But that of course is out of the question. It is only the invalids the good for littles and the troublesome who are transported.' (1 May 1885, 8pp). Includes a letter relating to the delay in granting permission for a new building at Riverview. Remarks 'If the people at home saw the grand college the Marist Brothers have built they might think it necessary to do something...I hope that now the Provincial is well again things may go on a little faster. It is an awful thing to be so far away from headquarters and to have to write for permission for everything' (12 May 1885, 2pp).

Keating, Patrick, 1846-1913, Jesuit priest

Letter from the Bishop of Geraldton to Fr John F O'Brien SJ releasing him from his duties in the Northern Territory

Letter from the Bishop of Geraldton, William Bernard Kelly, Geraldton, Western Australia to Fr John F O'Brien SJ releasing him from his duties in the Northern Territory. Remarks 'I...have no desire whatever to detain you any longer...To my mind your stay there has already been an extremely long and trying one and apart from all considerations of your order, I could not bring myself to ask you to prolong it.'

Kelly, William Bernard, 1855-1921, Roman Catholic Bishop of Geraldton

Letters from Irish Jesuits in Zambia to the Mission Office, Ireland

File of correspondence from Irish Jesuits mainly in Chikuni and Choma, Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) to Fr Thomas J. Martin SJ, Mission Office, Milltown Park (later Upper Sherrard Street), Dublin concerning the Chikuni Mission (administration, building plans, school life, finance, requests for supplies and general life there). Includes letters from Frs Dan Byrne, Arthur Clarke, Bernard Collins, Tom Cooney, Joseph Mary Gill, William Lee, Joe McCarthy, Tom McGivern, Louis Meagher, Des O'Loghlen, Charles O'Connor and Brian Sharkey.

  • letter from Fr Joseph Mary Gill SJ indicating the work he has to do as a teacher as well as been Mission Procurator '...the farm is a big worry. There is something wrong with the cattle and five have just died and a number of the others are sick' (12 October 1950);
  • statement by Fr Brian Sharkey SJ entitled 'Some highlights in missionary life for me' which outlines his time at the Chikuni Mission [1951];
  • letter from Fr Tom Cooney SJ in which he describes the plant needed from Bord na Mona, 'the 60 K.V.A. would be rather large for Chikuni' (16 September 1953); - Chikuni Mission statistics for the year ending 31st December 1953; - letter from Fr Thomas McGivern SJ which includes plan of a map of the buildings at Chikuni (1 January 1954);
  • letter in which Fr Louis Meagher SJ is frustrated with the lack of skills of those been sent out to the mission, 'Could it not be possible to arrange that the brother in Tullabeg be detailed off to give lesson to the scholastics once their names are made known for the missions' (29 September 1956);
  • letter from Fr Des O'Loghlen SJ, Choma, Northern Rhodesia informing of the death of Fr Danny Byrne SJ (6 May 1964);
  • account of the death of Fr Arthur Cox (11 June 1965).

Correspondence from Archbishop Adam Kozlowiecki (1955-1972)

File of correspondence between Fr Thomas J. Martin SJ, Dublin, Ireland and Monsignor Adam Kozlowiecki SJ (at various times Vicar Apostolic of Lusaka, Archbishop of Lusaka and Cardinal) Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia / Zambia. Includes letters from Fr Paddy Walsh SJ; signed postcard and photograph by Archbishop Kozlowiecki; correspondence on fundraising issues and finance.

Kozłowiecki, Adam, 1911-2007, Archbishop of Lusaka

Letter from Fr H Walmesley SJ to Irish Fr Provincial concerning a representative from the Australian Mission to the Provincial Congregation.

Letter from Fr H Walmesley SJ, Via S. Nicola da Tolentino, Roma to Irish Fr Provincial William Delaney SJ concerning a representative from the Australian Mission to the Provincial Congregation. Includes a copy of a reply on the same issue from the XXV General Congregation (1906).

Walmesley, Herman, 1850-1927, 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 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 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

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

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

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 John Duff, Castletown, Isle of Man to Fr Matthew Gahan SJ

Letters from John Duff, Castletown, Isle of Man to Fr Matthew Gahan SJ.[Douglas, Isle of Man]. The first letter thanks Fr Gahan for officiating at his marriage. The second letter refers to a debt of money due to Fr Gahan. Remarks that he is not pleased with the tone of Fr Gahan's letter in which he requests repayment. Remarks that he is not liable for the debt and advises Fr Gahan to contact Robert Duff of the late firm owned by Robert and John Duff for repayment of the debt.

Duff, John

Frs Ernest Mackey SJ and Michael Garahy SJ travelling to South Africa

A file relating to two Irish Jesuit missionaries Frs Ernest Mackey SJ and Michael Garahy SJ who travelled to South Africa to conduct a mission in honour of the centenary celebrations in the Vicariate of the Western Districts of the Cape of Good Hope.

MacSherry, Hugh, 1852-1940, Roman Catholic Bishop

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

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

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