Series 167/1 - Research notes for "That better country: the religious aspect of life in Eastern Australia 1835-1850"

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AU AU-MTC 167/1


Research notes for "That better country: the religious aspect of life in Eastern Australia 1835-1850"


  • 1960-1964 (Creation)

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Notebooks and loose papers in manila folders, 2 boxes

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John Barrett was born in Yorketown, South Australia and studied at the University of Adelaide. He was ordained as a Methodist minister and served in the parishes of Snowtown and Naracoorte. In 1969 he was awarded a PhD from the Australian National University, and then lectured at La Trobe University from 1969-1990. He is the author of "That better country : the religious aspect of life in eastern Australia, 1835-1850", "Falling in : Australians and "boy conscription', 1911-1915" and "We were there : Australian soldiers of World War II", and served on the editorial board of the Journal of Australian Studies.

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Donated by John Barrett to the Centre for the Study of Australian Christianity 1997

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Miscellaneous reports: orders of service
Society reports/Aborigines/Education #1
Van Diemen's Land education #1
Van Diemen's Land education #2
Wesleyan Methodists
Material in Mitchell Library/Methodist Church Papers
VDL Archives
VDL Tracts
VDL Newspapers
Education #2/Emigration#2/Transportation/Roman Catholicism #2
Census and emigration
Wakefield - Ireland/Stoughton - Religion/Backhouse - Narrative
Catholic Church
SAGEA and SPCK/Religious Tract Society
Votes and proceedings, NSW Legislative Council 1844, 1848-9
Votes and proceedings, NSW Legislative Council 1841-2, 1836-9
Great Britain Parliamentary Papers
Religious writings inc. Mr W. Burton
Church statistics
HRA 1838-40
HRA 1836-7
Sydney Herald 1844, 1848-9 and other Sydney papers
Sydney Herald 1836
W.G. Broughton

Photocopied documents:
Religion - statistics and reports
Misc. journals, letters, pamphlets
Methodist Church papers
Education - Van Diemen's Land
Church Acts - NSW and VDL
Government - estimates and statistics
Correspondence relating to St Joseph's Catholic Church, Hobart 1844-50
Census figures
Photographs of clergy including Lang, Broughton, Ullathorne

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Further papers relating to "That better country" and Barrett's other books and research are held in the National Library of Australia

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  • Shelf: E 18