Explore the stunning borders and the elegant calligraphy of a selection of illuminated addresses presented to Thomas Carr during his time as Bishop of Galway between 1883 and 1886, and his early years as Archbishop of Melbourne between 1886 and 1901.
The collection is held by the Melbourne Catholic Diocesan Historical Collection. Reprography by Damian McDonald.
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Address from the Town Commissioners of Galway
An early address to 'The Most Reverend Thomas J Carr, DD Lord Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh, & Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenfora,' on his return from Rome:
... we are anxious and have arranged with your Lordship's approval, to accompany your Lordship in high procession from the Railway Terminus to your Lordship's Pro-Cathedral, there to conclude in an appropriate manner the termination of your Lordship's arduous journey to and from the Holy City.
Signed by Chairman John Wilson Lynch, DL, and Secretary John Redington.
Address from the Confraternity of the Holy Family
An 'Address of the Confraternity of the Holy Family, Established at St Patrick's Cathedral. To The Most Reverend Thomas J. Carr. DD. Archbishop of Melbourne and Metropolitan, of the Province of Victoria'.
This address congratulates the Archbishop on his safe arrival in Australia:
Distant though Ireland is to this Australian Land, it is dear to many of us as it must be to your Grace, and far apart though we have hitherto lived, you are to us no stranger.
Signed by Spiritual Director Thomas Donaghy and Secretaries John AM Caffrey and Alice M Maloney.
Address from the Christian Brothers Schools, St Kilda
This June 1887 address thanks Archbishop Carr for visiting their school and is signed on behalf of the pupils by John Rigg, Joseph Hogan and Vincent Fahey:
Since the day we swelled the funeral procession of our late lamented Archbishop, and shed the last tear of filial affection over his bier, as his mortal remains were lowered to their final resting place in his own Cathedral, the erection of which will hand down his name to the latest posterity; we have ceased not to offer up to the Father of Might our most fervent prayers, for a worthy successor to him, in the cause of religion and Catholic Education.
Address from the pupils of St George's School, Carlton
Dated July 1887, this address draws Archbishop's Carr's attention to perceived injustices over school funding and scholarships:
We are sorry to have to draw your attention to an additional injustice which is about to be inflicted upon us by the State School System of Education of the Colony. In addition to the nine Exhibitions that have been given for many years by the State, a large number of additional exhibitions are to be offered annually, as prizes to those pupils who pass the best examination in certain subjects; but we are not allowed to compete for them, unless we become traitors to our Holy Religion, by attending State Schools.
Besides the injustice of compelling our parents to pay twice over for our education, we suffer the additional injustice of being deprived of the advantages of competing for prizes that should be open to the pupils of every school in Victoria.
Signed on behalf of the pupils by W Toohey, J Davis, F Buckley, P Shine, P Foley and A Leahy.
Address from St Augustine's Orphanage and School
This July 1887 address thanks Archbishop Carr for visiting St Augustine's Orphanage and School, Geelong:
We feel that we, more than many others, have reason to be glad that Your Grace has come to visit us, for we look to you as our Father and Protector, next after God. Our good Teachers have told us, that being Orphans, we claim a foremost place in your solicitude, and will be objects of your anxious care.
It is signed on behalf of the boys by TB Ryan, DL O'Toole and MX Rooney.
Address from our Immaculate Lady of Mercy's School
The address from the pupils of our Immaculate Lady of Mercy's School in Nicholson Street, Fitzroy, is dated 13 December 1887 and marks a visit by Archbishop Carr:
This has been a day of great happiness, and one not to be forgotten by us. It is the fourth time we have had the honor of having our holy Archbishop in our midst and a day we have been looking forward to with the natural eagerness of youth.
May we hope that your Grace is pleased with us and that we have afforded even the smallest amount of amusement. In the adjoining class-room some specimens of our handiwork are laid out for the inspection of your Grace and all kind friends.