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John Molony interviewed by Peter Biskup [sound recording]
Bib ID 1918859
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Molony, John N. (John Neylon), 1927-2018, Interviewee
 
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1988 
12 tape reels (ca. 570 min) : 7 1/2 ips, 2 track stereo ; 10 in. 
Summary

Professor John Molony, historian speaks of his Irish heritage; his family background; his grandfather's involvement in the Eureka Stockade and other tales of him; his Catholicism and early prejudice he experienced; his childhood in Sealake, Vic. during the 1930's, then in Melbourne; his father's work history; the lasting effect of living through economic deprivation; his schooling; interest in Australian Rules; entering the priesthood at the Jesuit seminary Corpus Christi at Werribee and his education there; going to study at Propaganda in Rome in 1947 and his experiences there; reminiscences of Pope Pius 12; his canonisation in 1950; being a canon lawyer in Boston, USA; his impoverished parish in Rome; returning to Australia to be assistant priest at Ballarat; involvement in Catholic Action and contact with Bob Santamaria and the Movement; the role of the DLP in Australian politics; experience with Mysticism; celibacy; disillusion and leaving the priesthood in 1964 and the consequences that followed; his academic career at ANU; fellow academics; his legal marriage, dispensation from celibacy & church marriage; reforms in the Catholic church; conversation about CAE/ANU amalgamation; living in Canberra; his publications; meeting Bob Hawke; Xavier Herbert, Patrick White and Sidney Nolan; writing "I am Ned Kelly" and "Eureka"; politics and the ALP; his feelings about life.

Notes

Recorded at National Library Canberra on 12 to 28 July 1988.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-216039216

Index/Finding Aid Note Transcript (typescript, 414 p.) 
Subjects Catholic Church -- Australia.  |  Catholic Church -- Australia -- Clergy -- Biography.  |  College teachers -- Australia -- Biography.  |  Australia -- Social conditions -- 20th century.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Other authors/contributors Biskup, Peter, 1926-2013, Interviewer

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