A Baroque Bishop in Colonial Australia: The Cultural Patronage of Bishop James Goold (1812–1886)


A Baroque Bishop in Colonial Australia: The Cultural Patronage of Bishop James Goold (1812–1886)

The Cardinal Knox Centre, University of Divinity
St Patrick's Cathedral
383 Albert Street, East Melbourne, Vic, 3002


This international symposium 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.

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.

Dates: Thursday 15 February to Friday 16 February 2018 with opening keynote at 5.30pm on Wednesday 14 February.

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

Presented by the Australian Institute of Art History, within the School of Culture and Communication, and in partnership with the University of Divinity. Dr Colin's Barr's attendance at the symposium is generously supported by the Macgeorge Bequest.

Image: Portrait of James Goold, c.1850–55, oil on canvas. By permission of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Archives.


  •  Kerrie Burn
    Kerrie Burn, Library Manager
  • Mr Shane  Carmody
    Mr Shane Carmody, Senior Development Manager
  • Professor Wallace Kirsop
    Professor Wallace Kirsop, Monash University
  • Dr Colin Barr
    Dr Colin Barr, Senior Lecturer in History
  • Dr Catherine Kovesi
    Dr Catherine Kovesi, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Max Vodola
    Dr Max Vodola, University of Divinity
  • Associate Professor Peter Cunich
    Associate Professor Peter Cunich, University of Hong Kong