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The Architecture of Devotion: James Goold and His Legacies in Colonial Melbourne

The Architecture of Devotion: James Goold and His Legacies in Colonial Melbourne


This exquisitely designed book celebrates the life and cultural legacy of Archbishop James Goold.


This book honours the life and cultural contribution of Archbishop James Alipius Goold (1812-1886). Goold arrived in 1848 as the first Catholic bishop of the newly created diocese of Melbourne and quickly adapted to Australian colonial conditions, setting about establishing an extraordinary network of schools, churches and welfare institutions across Victoria.


Beyond the immediate task of building bluestone, bricks and mortar, Goold carried a grand vision, sensing that Melbourne was on its way to becoming a grand international metropolis. A collector and man of refined taste, Goold not only adorned religious institutions with quality Baroque artwork, but he also amassed a unique book collection and private library that showcased his European cultural sensibilities.


A companion to The Invention of Melbourne: A Baroque Archbishop and a Gothic Architect (2019), The Architecture of Devotion brings Goold to life as we follow him around the colony and witness how he shaped the fabric of Victorian suburbs and towns.

These volumes have been supported by the Australian Research Council, which has recognised them as among the best research projects in Australia.The Invention of Melbourne was commended in the Victorian Community History Award 'History Publication Award', 2020.



About the Author

Jaynie Anderson is professor emeritus at the University of Melbourne.In 1970 she was the first woman Rhodes Fellow at Oxford. From 1997 to 2014 she was Herald Chair of Fine Arts at Melbourne. In 2015 she received a knighthood from the President of the Republic of Italy for distinguished research on Renaissance art.

Max Vodola is a priest of the archdiocese of Melbourne and lecturer in church history at Catholic Theological College, East Melbourne (University of Divinity). He is Chairman of the Melbourne Diocesan Historical Commission.


Shane Carmody is a historian who has published widely on the history of collections and the history of the book. He has worked at National Archives of Australia and State Library Victoria, where he was Director, Collections and Access. His most recent role has been as Senior Development Manager at the University of Melbourne.


Size : 25.7cm x 19.8 cm

Pages: 328

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