New book launched that will delight local history buffs

For more than 200 years, the Catholic Church has provided education to generations of Australians. While the provision of schooling in this diocese does not extend back quite as far, a new book entitled Snaphots in Time bursts with interesting stories of our journey in education.

The book, launched in June, was a labour of love for Frances Dunn, Marie Hughes rsj and Liz Latham. The pages regale with photos and are complemented by a comprehensive timeline that encompasses the opening dates of the 135 Catholic schools that have operated in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. History lovers will delight as they read the book and are taken on a journey through time, spanning from the opening of our very first school St John the Baptist Primary School which opened its doors in ‘West Maitland’ in 1883 all the way through to the commencement of Catherine McAuley Catholic College in 2021. The book is dedicated to our late bishop, Bishop Bill Wright, who was an avid historian and as Ms Latham points out, “enjoyed glimpses into the stories of those early pioneers” and as such, was part of a conversation that planted the seed for the publication, which went on to have his full support. 

Copies of the book are available to read online , or you can contact the Catholic Development Fund (02) 4979 1160, to purchase a hard copy. 



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Lizzie is Team Leader Content for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

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