A Baroque Bishop in Colonial Australia

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Subject Fields
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Architecture and Architectural History, Religious Studies and Theology, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies

A Baroque Bishop in Colonial Australia: The cultural patronage of Bishop James Goold (1812-1886), February 14-16, 2018


To be held at The University of Melbourne (Parkville) and the Cardinal Knox Centre, St Patrick's Cathedral (East Melbourne), this international symposium is part of an Australian Research Council Discovery Project examining the patronage of Melbourne’s first Catholic Bishop James Goold. Investigating Goold’s contribution to the cultural environment of colonial Melbourne, the project’s three themes will be investigated and contexualised over three days. Sessions will be devoted to the Bishop’s important Baroque painting collection, his colonial library and his patronage of the British architect William Wilkinson Wardell, and its imprint on the built environment of Melbourne.



Wednesday February 14


5:30 – 7:00pm             Opening Keynote

Professor Dr. Klaus Krüger  (Freie Universität Berlin)

The Pictorial Presence of Heavenly Grace in the Baroque


Thursday February 15

Cardinal Knox Centre; St Patrick’s Cathedral, East Melbourne


9.30 – 9:45am             Introduction to the Conference

Most Rev. Denis Hart, Archbishop of Melbourne

Prof. Peter Sherlock (Vice Chancellor, University of Divinity)


9:45 – 10:30am           Rev. Dr. Max Vodola (University of Divinity)

Situating Archbishop Goold


10:30 – 11:15              Dr. Peter Cunich (University of Hong Kong)

Archbishop Goold and the Diocese of Sydney, 1838-86


11:15 – 11:45am         Morning Break


11:45 – 12:30pm         Dr. Catherine Kovesi  (University of Melbourne)

Ursula Frayne and James Alipius Goold: an Irish Cultural Partnership in the City of Melbourne


12:30 – 1:15pm           Dr. Colin Barr (University of Aberdeen)

Catholicism, the Irish Diaspora, and the making of Greater Ireland (MacGeorge Visiting Speaker Award)


1.15 – 2:15                  Lunch Break


2:15 – 3:00pm             Prof. Wallace Kirsop (Monash University)

Bibliomania in Colonial Australia


3:00 – 3:30pm             Shane Carmody (University of Melbourne)

Divining a purpose: the logic of Bishop Goold’s Library


3:30 – 4:00pm             Kerrie Burn (Mannix Library, University of Divinity)

Creatio ex nihilo: the establishment of Mannix Library’s Goold Collection


Friday February 16

Elizabeth Murdoch Theatre, The University of Melbourne


9:10 – 9:15am             Introduction


9:15 – 10:00am           Assoc. Prof. Ursula De Jong

The biography of William Wardell


10:00 – 10:45am         Paola Colleoni (University of Melbourne)

Building the Diocese: Bishop Goold's architectural patronage 1848-1868


10:45 – 11:15am         Morning Tea Break


11:15 – 11:45pm         Arthur Andronas (Andronas Conservation Architecture)

Preserving the Built Fabric of St Patrick’s Cathedral 


11:45-12:30pm            Peter Lovell (Lovell Chen Architects)

The ANZ Gothic Bank: its creation and rediscovery


12:30 – 1:30pm           Lunch Break


1:30 – 2:15pm             Prof. Jaynie Anderson (University of Melbourne)

Collecting for Conversion: Archbishop Goold’s Passion for the Late Baroque


2:15 – 2:45                  Afternoon Break


2:45-3:15pm                Dr. Callum Reid (University of Melbourne)

“The Rich Treasures of Bishop Goold”: the provenance, exhibition and reception of a painting collection


3.15-3:45pm                Helen Gill (Helen Gill Art Conservation)

A Conservator’s Assessment of the Goold Collection


3:45 – 4:30pm             Dr. Angelo Lo Conte (University of Melbourne)

Piranesi, Guercino and the fascination for the late Baroque


4:30 -  4:45                  15 Minute Break


4:45 – 5:30pm             Prof. Dr. Tanja Michalsky (Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome)

A Roman Perspective on the Symposium



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Callum Reid

University of Melbourne


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