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Seminar 9:
A Tale of Two Parishes:
All Saints East St Kilda
& St Peter's Eastern Hill

This seminar probes the contrasting developments in two significant Melbourne churches of similar age and background, All Saints, East St Kilda and St Peter's, Eastern Hill. Both were mid-19th century foundations; each was dominated for decades by an influential pioneering prieSt If anything, during the 19th century, East St Kilda was regarded as the higher and more deeply musical of the two. Different professional groups came to dominate each church.

Their story became one of contrasts from the beginning of the 20th century. All Saints retained its character as a suburban parish church until well into the post-war era; St Peter's was drawing an increasingly eclectic congregation even before World War I. St Peter's rapidly established itself as an overtly Anglo-Catholic city church, like various other English city churches. Each found itself distant from the diocesan mainstream, but at different times, and for different reasons.

This seminar coincides with the publication of a history of All Saints, East St Kilda, commissioned by the parish as part of their celebrations for their sesquicentenary (the building of All Saints commenced in 1858).

Date Tuesday 24 June
Time 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Venue St Peter's, Eastern Hill
Cost $15 (concession: $12)
Conductor Dr Colin Holden
Dr 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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