Australian Catholics: Their Story

This unit provides a study of the history of the Catholic Church in Australia and a context for other theological studies relating to the Australian Church. It considers the foundations of the Catholic Church in Australia to c.1830, Benedictinism and the Irish influence, ‘Australianising’ the Church after c.1920, aborigines, migrants and the Church, a changing spirituality, education for Catholics, and Vatican II and its reception.

Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

Sub Discipline

Church History

Credit Points



9 credit points in Church History.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to

  1. assess key developments in Australian Catholic history
  2. evaluate issues which influenced the life of the Australian Catholic Church from 1788 to 1988
  3. display critical ability in the use of primary and secondary sources
  4. utilise historical sources in the development of a coherent and persuasive historical narrative
  5. uncover some of the historical factors which have influenced their personal religious history
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