From the Murray to the sea: The history of Catholic education in the Ballarat Diocese


Blee, Jill 2004. From the Murray to the sea: The history of Catholic education in the Ballarat Diocese. Australia: Indra Publishing.
AuthorsBlee, Jill

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.

KeywordsHistory; Philosophy of education; Catholic schools; Understanding Australia's past
PublisherIndra Publishing
Place of publicationAustralia
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