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World War I

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The history and origins of St Martin’s House and Pyrmont Private Hospital

“Today, St Martin’s House still serves a vital role for the Cathedral and our wider Diocesan community. Its role as a hospital ceased in 1971, and after much debate about its future, it was renovated and is now used as office space for our Archbishop, Regional Bishops and clergy and staff for the Cathedral and various Commissions. However, there are still some mysteries that my research is yet to solve,” says Diocesan Archivist Michael Rogers

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New Guinea Martyr: The Rev’d John Barge

“As a student at St Francis Theological College, and as a new priest engaged in Curacy at St James’, given responsibility for the daughter church of St Thomas’, North Toowoomba, The Rev’d Barge was remembered by many in our Diocese,” says Archives Researcher, Adrian Gibb

"Photo taken by The Rev’d Edmund Machell Cox of the bomb damage of St Bartholomew's Anglican Church, Hallam Fields in January 1916 and of two officials inspecting the damage, including a middle-class gent wearing a hat and a black mourning armband and a working-class gent wearing a flat cap"
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The night the Zeppelin bombs fell

“The Vicar’s wife and the Sunday School teachers should have been meeting in the Parish Room, but the meeting was serendipitously moved to the Parsonage, where they could have coffee afterwards. Plans altered, for no particular reason. While the Parish Room was destroyed in the bombing, tears of joy and relief came later,” says Frances Thompson in her retelling of her great-grandfather’s real-life account

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“Talk of our noble sacrifice and losses to the wooden crosses”

“June is PTSD Awareness Month. We still have amongst us veterans of World War II and Vietnam who are living with PTSD, and increasing numbers produced through our involvement in Afghanistan. The human cost is high and long-felt. And yet, here we are aiming to become one of the top 10 producers of armaments in the world and hosting a weapons Expo,” says The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt

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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

Homilies & Addresses

Defence Sunday 2020 homily

“Veterans long for the love of family, friends, mates, communities and even our nation, but true healing only comes from the love of God…In the decades since I last went to war, I have worked with those wounded in body, mind and spirit. They long for thanks, respect and love. And, when our love is God’s love, it heals a multitude of invisible wounds,” says Archdeacon to the Australian Army, The Ven. Rob Sutherland in this Defence Sunday homily