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Seminar 12:
Religious belief and
spirituality in La Trobe's Melbourne

Historians Peter Sherlock, Colin Holden and Ian Breward join forces to rediscover the spiritual world of early colonial Melbourne. Pivotal to an appreciation of this world is the figure of Charles Joseph La Trobe (1801-1875). Colin Holden will conduct a tour of St Peter's Church, Eastern Hill, introducing attendees to significant historic features of the site, including the memorials to the La Trobe Family. Peter Sherlock considers the wider context of religious belief and practice in the Melbourne of the 1840s and 50s, epitomised by La Trobe's links with the Moravians and early colonial church leaders. What was the shape of belief for the first generation of European settlers, and how did religion shape colonial Melbourne? This seminar helps demonstrate the surprising variety and strength of those early religious commitments.

The seminar is held jointly by The La Trobe Society and the Institute for Spiritual Studies.

Date Tuesday 5 October
Time 7.30 – 9.30 pm
Venue St Peter's, Eastern Hill
Cost $15 (concession: $12)
Conductor Dr Peter Sherlock
is Dean of the United Faculty of Theology, part of the Melbourne College of Divinity. He is a member of the Council of the Diocese and speaks regularly on Australian religious history. He is author of Monuments and Memory in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2008) and (as co-editor with Megan Cassidy-Welch) Practices of Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Brepols, 2008).

Dr Colin Holden
supervised the editing of the second part of Anglicanism in Australia: A History (Melbourne University Press, 2002). His other publications include Ritualist on a Tricycle, a biography of a Federation period bishop; Church in a Landscape, a history of the diocese of Wangaratta; and From Tories at Prayer to Socialists at Mass, a history of St Peter's, Eastern Hill, described in the Australian Review of Books as 'the Rolls-Royce of parish histories'. He is a Senior Fellow of the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne; he has also curated exhibitions for the National Gallery of Victoria and the Geelong Art Gallery.

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