From the Murray to the Sea

The History of Catholic Education in the Ballarat Diocese

Published by: Catholic Education Office, Ballarat & Indra Publishing
Distributed by: Rainbow Book Agencies Tel: 03 9481 6611 Fax: 03 9481 2371
Over 80 illustrations Footnotes & Bibliography Index

Published to celebrate the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Ballarat, this book presents the history of the Catholic education system in the Diocese from early settlement to the present day. It also provides particular insight into the history of settlement by a large proportion of the early population of western Victoria.The history traces the development of the Catholic school system, achieved through the collaboration of bishops and priests, members of religious orders and the laity.

The passing years brought new opportunities and new challenges, which were met with the same cooperative effort, so necessary in the early days of development and which ensures that Catholic education continues to flourish throughout the Diocese. While the overall picture presented is one of success through hard work, this transparent well-researched history also presents the pitfalls and disappointments, the disputes and failures, which are only to be expected in such a challenging enterprise.

May 2004, 184pp
Hardcover, 260 x 210 mm
ISBN: 1 92078709 7
Non-fiction: First Edition
RRP $aud 49-95
ISBN-13 9781920787097

The Author,Jill Blee, has a BA and an MA in history from Macquarie University, an MA in writing from the University of Western Sydney, and a PhD in History from the University of Ballarat. Her interests are principally in Irish and Irish-Australian history and literature and both have featured in her own writing. Over many years her attention has been focussed on Ballarat and the Irish migrants who settled there during and after the goldrushes of the 1850s.

Jill’s three novels published by Indra all have an Irish flavour – The Pines Hold Their Secrets, Brigid and The Liberator’s Birthday. The first concerns an Irish convict wrongly banished to Norfolk Island; the second is set in Ireland during the Irish Potato Famine, and the third focuses on a day in the life of an Irish family on the Ballarat goldfields. Jill’s From the Murray to the Sea, Indra, 2004, is a comprehensive history of the Catholic education system in the Diocese of Ballarat, Australia.

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