Sydney University honours priest historian

The University of Sydney this week conferred the degree of Doctor of Letters on Fr Edmund Campion, church historian and priest
of the Sydney Archdiocese.

Online Catholics published a tribute this week that includes biographical information on Fr Campion, who was born in Sydney in 1933. After he obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney in 1954, he went on to complete a Master of Arts at the University of Cambridge as well as theological studies through the Catholic Institute of Sydney. He was ordained as a priest in 1961 and after curacies at several Sydney parishes was appointed a lecturer in History at the Catholic Institute of Sydney, subsequently becoming Professor of History there. Following his retirement in 1998 he was appointed an Emeritus Professor.

Professor Campion's many publications include scholarly historical studies such as Lord Acton and the First Vatican Council (1975) and John Henry Newman (1980) as well as the more personal histories, Rockchoppers: Growing Up Catholic in Australia (1982), Australian Catholics (1987) and A Place in the City (1994). Lines of My Life: Journal of a Year (2003) is an even more personal account of a year spent partly in New York in the wake of September 11, and partly in Sydney.

Former Catholic Weekly editor Cliff Baxter wrote in the Online Catholics tribute: "It was Campion who first saw the changing nature of Australia as it moved towards multiculturalism and the man who gave Australian Catholics a fresh and humorous insight into their own 'rock-chopper' history. It was Campion who began on the campus the practice of principles of freedom, maturity later enshrined by the bishops in The Second Vatican Council."

Campion Honoured (Online Catholics 4/5/05)

6 May 2005