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A listing of influential Australian Catholics
A tribute to the congregations of two rural churches
Two former churches few km apart in Central Victoria. Postcode 3645.
Christian associations and organisations
Christian associations and organisations are listed below
Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship of Australia
Springing out of the evangelical student movements, a visionary group of doctors founded the Christian Medical Fellowship of Australia in 1949.
James Harold (1744 – 1830) Catholic priest
Several Irishmen were flogged, and Harold with others was banished to Norfolk Island. There he conducted a school when his health permitted. He repeatedly petitioned Governor Philip Gidley King for permission to minister but was ignored. When Father James Dixon was released, Harold succeeded to his private ministry at Parramatta in 1808. He was among the Irishmen pardoned by Governor Macquarie in June 1810.
The first Catholic priests to arrive in the colony of New South Wales were convicts. These were James Harold in 1800, quickly followed by James Dixon and Peter O’Neil.
Peter O’Neil (1757 – 1846) Roman Catholic priest
O’Neil was accused of sanctioning the murder of a United Irishman suspected of being a government spy; O’Neil refused, or was unable, to give information about it, was arrested, received 275 lashes without trial, and was threatened with another flogging unless he confessed. After being held in prison for two years, he was transported to Australian in 1800, a few days before an order arrived to stop his departure.