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COVER STORY A myriad transformations effected by one birth

VICTORIAN POLITICS Andrews hacks away at another way of life and source of jobs

CANBERRA OBSERVED Labor must own up to why it took the thrashing it got

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Hong Kong voters reject Beijing and its proxies

LIFE AND FAMILY On the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, how are we doing?

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Brexit: Quintessentially British party politics

OBITUARY Fr Paul Stenhouse: The thoughtful editor for the 'ordinary' reader

OBITUARY Vale David Milne, paragon of loyalty and perseverance

ASIAN AFFAIRS Taiwan and Hong Kong: Pawns in a bigger game

U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS How and why the U.S. should stop financing China's bad actors

HUMOUR You can't stop the music, Paddy

MUSIC 2020 foresight: A musical odyssey

CLASSIC CINEMA North by Northwest: The immaculately produced nightmare

BOOK REVIEW Truncated truths for post-truth times

BOOK REVIEW Food for a summer immersion program



THE QUEEN V PELL: A blight on the whole of the criminal justice system

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Catholic Schooldays of the 1960s

Wanda Skowronska


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About the book

The 1960s era – with its Holdens, trams and Bex powders – was also a defining time for Australian Catholicism, with its Irish hymns, breezy hope, babyboomers, “new Australians”, sodalities and tombola – and a looming cultural revolution. This account tries to capture some of the spiritual and social ambience of those times, so poignant, so unforgettable, for those who lived through it.

A beautiful journey into the past – the baby boomer years of peace and prosperity – captures the atmosphere of our schooldays with warmth and optimism. The dislocation and trauma experienced by many refugee families is analysed with honesty and humour. Writing style is personal and not sugarcoated. While not agreeing fully with her conclusions about the Church, I can understand how her experience of life has led her to them. I recommend this book to all who enjoy sharing the lives of others, especially Brigidine ex-students, babyboomers or the children of immigrants.

– Dianne Mullin, President of the Brigidine College Randwick Ex-Students Association

This is a must read for all Brigidines. A fabulous journey back into the past, an era of fun, hope and happiness, which we were privileged to receive.

– Maureen O’Connor, teacher, psychologist, ex-Brigidine student

As I read Angels, Incense and Revolution, the memories came flooding back. Contrary to the general media picture, Wanda has nothing but praise for the dedicated, inspirational majority of religious who provided a rich education and a coherent Catholic worldview.

– Michael Gilchrist, author of several books, including Daniel Mannix: Wit and Wisdom (2004)

A perfect insight into the Australian Catholic past, as seen from the inside, and how it suddenly vanished.

– Professor James Franklin, Editor, Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society

About the author

Wanda Skowronska is a Catholic psychologist and author living and working mainly in Sydney. She writes for several periodicals, being a regular contributor to the Australian Catholic journal Annals Australasia. She completed a PhD in 2011 at the John Paul II Institute in Melbourne, where she has done sessional lecturing. She published the first compilation of Australian conversion stories, Catholics from Down Under and All Over (2015).


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