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Seminar 3:
James Moorhouse:
'Bishop of Magnetic Power'

James Moorhouse, second Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne (1876–1886) had a special love of St Peter's, Eastern Hill, celebrating his first and last Eucharists there. However, his work as 'Bishop of Victoria' touched upon all kinds of churches and people, from the centre of the thriving city to the furthermost corners of his diocese.

This seminar will consider the extraordinary esteem in which this man was held. He became the best known, and most admired, public figure of the day, sustained always by a provate illumination of the presence of God that was revealed only after his death.

A feisty boxer and superb orator, he held hugh audiences spellbound, while never quite succeeding in wresting sufficient money from the men of marvellous Melbourne, who could have fulfilled much earlier his ambitious plans for a cathedral and a theological school. The formidable vigour with which he pursued public causes like irrigation, the Bible in State schools, morality and prostitution, will also be touched on in this seminar.

Date Tuesday 12 April
Time 7.30 - 9.30 pm
Venue St Peter's, Eastern Hill
Cost $15 (concession: $12)
Conductor Dr Morna Sturrock, A.M.
who was awarded her Ph.D. at Monash University for her thesis on Bishop Moorhouse. Her work is due to be published as a book in 2005.

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