WASPS, Tykes and Ecumaniacs: Aspects of Australian Sectarianism 1945-1981

Benjamin Edwards

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Sectarianism has always been a significant force in Australian socio-cultural life and during 1945-81, intense changes in society and religion in Australia and overseas brought many contentious issues to the fore. Some of the changes in Australian society were brought about by the religious revival of the 1950s, the rise of ecumenism and the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, postwar mass-immigration, the politics of education, and increasing secularism. This book offers a contribution to the historical understanding of sectarianism in Australian society of this period. It also records the lingering significance of sectarianism in Australian society through to the early twenty-first century using oral history and memoir.

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Dr Benjamin Edwards is an Anglican priest and academic. A graduate in Theology and History from St Mark’s National Theological College, Canberra, Macquarie University and the University of New South Wales, in 2006 he was the Priddle Scholar at St Paul’s College, University of Sydney. Edwards has held parish appointments at St Luke’s Mosman and St Alban’s Epping in Sydney. Currently, he is an Academic Associate of the School of Theology, St Mark’s College Canberra / Charles Sturt University, and ministers in the parish of Orange in the NSW Central Tablelands. He is married to Kate who teaches Latin and Music.