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Cathedral foundation stone: celebrating 120 years

“Hearing of the forthcoming visit to Australia by the then Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George V and Queen Mary), Bishop Webber arranged for the royal couple to attend the ceremonial laying of our Cathedral’s foundation stone,” says Diocesan Archivist Michael Rogers

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Why the Diocesan shepherd lost his halo

The image of the shepherd as the primary symbol of our Diocese was established when our first Bishop was consecrated in 1859. What many don’t know is that in the mid-1950s, the motif changed from a ‘Good Shepherd’, an image of Christ with a halo, to a simple shepherd representing pastoral care. Why this occurred was considered somewhat a mystery, until now

Sculptor Voitre Marek working in his Adelaide studio in 1969 on a nativity scene (Published with permission of the National Archives of Australia)

Parish records: Registers of Services, a sculptor and photographs

Diocesan Archivist Michael Rogers illustrates the value of Registers of Services, with a focus on famous sculptor Voitre Marek and St Alban’s, Cunnamulla, while also inviting parishes in our Diocese to take digital images of interiors and exteriors of their churches for submission to the Records and Archives Centre


A Queensland army chaplain’s war-time diary

“Due to a generous donation of records and materials to the Records and Archives Centre, particularly a detailed diary of his time spent at the Front in the First World War, one war-time Chaplain stands out – The Rev’d Canon Cecil Edwards,” says Archives Researcher Adrian Gibb


Mother Emma’s Day

“Mother Emma was renowned for her love of children and her gentle nature, and was considered a bastion of calmness and serenity, although underneath that exterior…was a strength and determination to face challenges and expand the Society of the Sacred Advent and its reach,” says Archives Researcher Adrian Gibb on Mother Emma Crawford SSA, who is commemorated in the Lectionary on 9 March