First Plenary Council of Australasia 1885

This is the fourth in a series of articles looking at the particular (provincial and plenary) councils of the Catholic Church held in Australia between 1844 and 1937. It examines the 1885 First Australasian Plenary Council, held between November 14 and 29, which officially brought together the Churches in Australia and New Zealand for the first time. Part 2 of this article by Peter Wilkinson will appear in the Spring 2018 edition of The Swag.

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