The book launch of Anne Wark’s Journal of a Voyage to Australia 1855-56 by Myles Athy, a recruit for St Mary’s Monastery, Sydney, is being held At St James Church Glebe by former parish priest, Father Colin Fowler OP on Sunday 30 July 2017 at 3pm.
Anne Wark has transcribed Athy’s handwritten journal and written his biography. The book is being published with the support of St James’s Parish.
The Journal entry for Saturday 27 October 1855 begins:
“The Archbishop came on board at about 6H.0M AM. Weighed anchor at about 7H.0M. Were towed down the Mersey by the tug steamboat Dreadnought which parted from us at 11H.20M AM as the wind was fair. Fresh breeze blowing.”
These are the opening lines in the journal kept by Myles Athy during his voyage to Sydney, Australia on the vessel Phoenix which set sail from Liverpool, England over 161 years ago.
Athy went on to be ordained in Sydney as a priest in the Benedictine order. He worked in parishes in Sydney, the Central Coast and Wollongong before his final appointment, aged in his early 60s, to St James Parish. One of the stained glass windows in St James is dedicated to Athy’s memory.
When? Sunday 30 July 2017 at 3pm. Where? St James’ Church, Woolley St; RSVP by 24 July 2017: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Location: St James Church, cnr Woolley St & St Jmes Lane, Glebe
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