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The battle of the colours: Irish Catholic identity, St Joseph’s Nudgee College, and rugby 1891-1914


Kerby, M and Baguley, M and MacDonald, A and Cruickshank, V, The battle of the colours: Irish Catholic identity, St Joseph's Nudgee College, and rugby 1891-1914, Irish Educational Studies pp. 1-14. ISSN 0332-3315 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/03323315.2020.1814840


In the years either side of Federation in 1901, Australia’s Irish Catholics balanced two often contradictory impulses: their determination to retain their cultural and religious links with Ireland in the face of an often unsympathetic Protestant majority, and the desire to become ‘good’ Australians in order to make ‘a go’ of their lives in the new land. This paper explores how this process played out at St Joseph’s Nudgee College, a Christian Brothers’ day and boarding school in Brisbane, the capital of the Australian state of Queensland, and how sport played a central role in satisfying both imperatives. This discussion will be framed by the intersection of the social/political/economic context of Queensland during the period 1891-1914. It will focus on the educational context in which the Irish Christian Brothers operated as they struggled to make the College a bastion of Irish Catholicism and a vehicle for the socio-economic advancement of their community.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, Catholic education, Christian Brothers, education, Irish Catholics, Queensland, rugby, sport, St Joseph's Nudgee College
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:MacDonald, A (Dr Abbey MacDonald)
UTAS Author:Cruickshank, V (Dr Vaughan Cruickshank)
ID Code:140971
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2020-09-16
Last Modified:2021-08-25

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