INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM – A Baroque Bishop in Colonial Australia: The cultural patronage of Bishop James Goold (1812-1886)

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM – A Baroque Bishop in Colonial Australia:  The cultural patronage of Bishop James Goold (1812-1886)

This International Symposium is a joint ARC project between the University of Melbourne and the University of Divinity and examines the patronage of Melbourne’s first Catholic Bishop, James Goold and his contribution to the cultural life of colonial Melbourne, especially through his art collection, library and patronage of architecture.

To be held at The University of Melbourne (Parkville) and the Cardinal Knox Centre, St Patrick’s Cathedral (East Melbourne), this international symposium is part of an Australian Research Council Discovery Project examining the patronage of Melbourne’s first Catholic Bishop James Goold. Investigating Goold’s contribution to the cultural environment of colonial Melbourne, the project’s three themes will be investigated and contexualised over three days. Sessions will be devoted to the Bishop’s important Baroque painting collection, his colonial library and his patronage of the British architect William Wilkinson Wardell, and its imprint on the built environment of Melbourne.

The symposium will include keynote lectures by international scholars:

Prof. Dr Klaus Krüger (Freie Universität, Berlin);
Dr. Colin Barr (University of Aberdeen);
Dr. Peter Cunich (University of Hong Kong);
Prof. Tanja Michalsky (Biblotheca Hertziana, Rome).

Also featuring Australian scholars:

Dr. Catherine Kovesi (University of Melbourne);
Assoc. Prof. Ursula De Jong (Deakin University);
Prof. Jaynie Anderson (University of Melbourne).

Papers will be presented by researchers in the fields of theology, art history, architecture and history as well as conservators and architects and include among others:

Rev. Dr. Max Vodola (University of Divinity);
Shane Carmody (University of Melbourne);
Kerrie Burn (University of Divinity);
Prof. Wallace Kirsop (Monash University);
Paola Colleoni (University of Melbourne);
Peter Lovell (Lovell Chen Architects);
Arthur Andronas (Andronas Conservation Architecture);
Dr. Callum Reid (University of Melbourne);
Dr. Angelo Lo Conte (University of Melbourne).

Presented by the Australian Institute of Art History, within the School of Culture and Communication, and in partnership with the University of Divinity.

For those wishing to attend individual keynote lectures, separate registration is required. See website for details here :

Image: Portrait of James Goold, c.1850-5, oil on canvas. By permission of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Archives.

Event Details:
15 – 16 February 2018 with Opening
Keynote on 14 February.
See website for program details:

The Cardinal Knox Centre, St Patricks
Cathedral; & Elisabeth Murdoch
Theatre A, University of Melbourne, Parkville

Enquiries: Professor Jaynie Anderson  at :  [email protected]
Bookings are essential for this free symposium. Register at: