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Newman College, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, 1918-
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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

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

Letter from Archbishop Mannix to Irish Fr Provincial referring to the work of the Society of Jesus in Australia

Letter from Archbishop Daniel Mannix, Raheen, Kew, Victoria to Irish Fr Provincial John Fahy SJ thanking him for sending a copy of Fr McKenna's book on Fr Cullen. Refers to the work of the Society of Jesus in Australia and praises it making special reference to Newman College and Corpus Christi College.

Mannix, Daniel, 1864-1963, Archbishop of Melbourne

Letter from Fr James O'Dwyer SJ to Irish Fr Provincial

A file of letters from Fr James O'Dwyer SJ to Fr Provincial. Many of the letters refer to Xavier College and the administration of the school e.g. teaching staff, subjects taught, equipment needed (laboratory/scientific materials), finances. Includes a letter referring to the Premiership in football '...which we won last Thursday from the Scotch - you would think it was a reversal of the Battle of the Boyne.' (26 August 1910, 2pp). Includes a letter enclosing the Rector's report of Xavier College, Kew (27 December 1911, 2 items). Includes a letter referring to the war. Remarks 'As I write from this side of the globe we hardly know whether the British Empire is still standing. We still hope the sea is clear - but we are really being kept in the dark. All we know is that Germany is pressing on and Namar has fallen. We know that the Holy Father and Father General are dead and Franz Joseph is dying.' (25 August 1914, 5pp). Includes a letter discussing the opening of Newman College. Remarks that the prestige of the Society is at stake and suitable men must be appointed to it, particularly the position of Rector. (17 see also June 1917, 7pp). Includes a letter referring to a crisis that has occurred over the opening of Newman College. Remarks that Fr Superior (Fr Ryan SJ) has raised queries over the amount of money to be paid to the Jesuits, a sum he (Fr Ryan) regards to be too little. Remarks 'The trouble is we cannot exactly see what Fr Ryan's position is. He has a vague fear that he is outwitted by Dr Mannix and a vague recollection of possible better terms from Dr Carr at a time when more money was expected to come in and when the cost of building was lower...You may remember that one of my reasons for pressing you to visit Australia was that I held that Fr Ryan was not the man to do business with Dr Mannix. There is a temperamental difference between them. Dr M. thinks Fr Ryan shifty and Fr Ryan thinks Dr. M. most exacting.' (15 October 1917, 6pp). Includes two letters referring to the appointment of Fr Power SJ to the position of Rector of Newman College and how this was achieved. Expresses his extreme disappointment and annoyance at being put in a very embarrassing situation. Points out that everybody assumed he (Fr O'Dwyer) would be appointed even though he accepts that no official confirmation of this was sent by Irish Fr Provincial Thomas V Nolan SJ). Remarks 'Newman College Council met...only laymen were present. It was before Fr Power's name was disclosed to the public and I was greeted as Rector by the members...When Dr. M entered the room business was begun by asking for information re Rector. Then to the consternation of all he repeated your cable to him without any word to his council, without a hint to me, over the heads of the Mission CCs. I was publicly repudiated and humiliated not only by my own superiors (which might be considered part of the game) but by Dr M. acting as superior of Ours.' Concludes 'I have been rejected and snubbed so often by superiors and have always found myself so much better off as the result, that I have great trust in Providence. I should never have got to Australia if Fr J. Murphy had not turned me out of CWC (Clongowes Wood College) as a dangerous character. And I should not have got to Melbourne...if Fr Ryan had not declared me unfit for Riverview...All that does not prevent me from writing strongly...nor prevent me from saying again that my poor efforts for the Society in Australia deserved more consideration.' (23 February 1918, 3pp & 3 July 1918, 6pp).

O'Dwyer, James, 1860-1925, Jesuit priest

Letters from Fr Albert Power SJ to Irish Fr Provincial concerning his voyage to Australia, and work at Newman College

A file of letters from Fr Albert Power SJ to Irish Fr Provincial concerning his voyage to Australia via America. Includes letters referring to William Tucker SJ and his health (6 October 1918 & 7 October 1918, 2 items). Includes a letter concerning his journey to San Francisco. Remarks 'At San Francisco there is a Priest (Fr O'Neill) who is Rector of Newman Hall in the University at Berkeley...a Catholic Hall like the one I am going to be acquainted with. I have a letter of introduction to him and hope to get some lights from him. They say he has done a great deal for his Hall...' (21 November 1918, 2pp). Includes a letter concerning his new position as Rector of Newman College. Refers to Fr O'Dwyer SJ. Remarks 'The poor man has had a v. heavy trial over this Newman College affair - and I think he has been dealt with rather unceremoniously.' Refers to an offer by the Archbishop of Perth inviting the Jesuits to establish a see also residence in Perth. Remarks 'I would remind your Reverence that we are very much undermanned out here - and unless you can send us out a good few subjects, it might be better not to extend the frontier that we have to garrison.' (21 January 1919, 2pp). Includes a letter reporting on Newman College after 18 months as Rector of the College (19 August 1920, 4pp). Includes a letter referring to a consult of the mission at which the proposal of Australia becoming a Vice-Province was discussed. Summarises the points raised (13 October 1924, 3pp).

Power, Albert, 1870-1948, Jesuit priest

Letters from Fr Joseph Brennan SJ, St Ignatius, Richmond, Melbourne to Irish Fr Provincial

A file of letters from Fr Joseph Brennan SJ, St Ignatius, Richmond, Melbourne to Irish Fr Provincial Thomas V. Nolan SJ. Includes a letter advising that the terms offered by Dr Mannix (Archbishop of Melbourne) for Newman College should be accepted (15 October 1917, 1p). Includes letters referring to the opening of Studley Hall, a preparatory school for Xavier College (22 April 1920 - 28 June 1920, 3pp).

Brennan, Joseph A, 1867-1945, Jesuit priest

Letters from Fr William G. Lockington SJ to Irish Fr Provincial concerning the Mission in Australia

A file of letters from Fr William G. Lockington SJ to Irish Fr Provincial concerning the Mission in Australia. Includes a letter written on board the "Resaro" between Naples and Palermo concerning his success at obtaining two Italian Fathers for the parish of Richmond during a visit to Italy. (nd, 4pp). Includes a letter seeking permission to secure extra ground adjoining St. James' Church in Richmond (23 December 1914, 2pp). Includes a letter summarising points raised at meetings discussing the management of Newman College and the appointment of a Rector. Remarks that Dr. Mannix would like to see Fr Albert Power SJ appointed to the position. Refers to Fr Michael Colman SJ and the problems he is causing for the mission. Remarks that he was the source of much concern while serving as a Military Chaplain. (29 May 1918, 6pp). Includes a letter referring to the purchase of a Catholic paper 'The Advocate' by Dr Mannix. Remarks that the Archbishop (of Melbourne) wishes a Jesuit to become the editor and manager (10 January 1919, 3pp). Includes a report on the Juniorate in Australia by Fr Lockington (23 September 1919, 10pp). Includes a letter referring to the Irish-Australasian Convention to be held in Australia. Remarks that approximately 200,000 people are expected (29 October [1919], 1p). Includes a letter referring to an offer of St. Leo's University to the Jesuits by Dr Duhig, Archbishop of Brisbane. (19 November 1919, 3pp). Includes letters concerning the possibility of Australia becoming an independent mission. Remarks 'There is a very strong feeling of love for Ireland among ours out here and regrets would be keen if a separation came about. Of course all realize that with growth such is the natural course of things but I for one would always be in favour of sending Ours to Ireland for theology. This is a Protestant country with a Protestant atmosphere and a breath of the Catholic atmosphere of Ireland is the best antidote to that I know.' ([1] February 1923, 2pp & 5 October 1924, 4pp).

Lockington, William, 1871-1948, Jesuit priest