AUGUSTINIANS IN AUSTRALIA - HISTORY
From 1900 to 1948
1901 Stephen Reville osa, who had been appointed as Co-Adjutor Bishop of Sandhurst, became Bishop in his own right upon the death of Bishop Crane.
1914 John Heavey osa was appointed Bishop of Cooktown upon the death of James Murray.
1916 Death of Bishop Reville the last Augustinian bishop of Victoria.
Summary of the first half of 20th century - During this period Augustinian life and ministry was focussed in Far North Queensland and Northern Victoria. In Far North Queensland, Augustinians were mainly living individually in the various parishes and settlements with some community life in larger centres. In northern Victoria, the style of life was based on Augustinian communities in the three towns of Echuca, Rochester and Kyabram. While most Augustinians in Australia were from the Irish Province, over the years there were others from Spain, Malta, and Italy who assisted. As yet there was no programmed approach to attract Australian born candidates.
1924 Profession of James Gregory Fitzgerald from northern New South Wales. Brother Greg as he became known first met the Augustinians in Genazzano, Italy while on an overseas pilgrimage. This journey had been suggested by Eileen O'Connor foundress of the Australian Brown Sisters. Brother Greg joined the Irish Province in 1922. It was 1940 before he returned to Australia.
1940 Ordination in Rome of Leslie John Seary osa, from Mareeba - the first Australian to be ordained a priest in the Order. He spent many years of his life as an Augustinian priest working in Nigeria.
1941 Vicariate of Cooktown became the Diocese of Cairns.
1942 Rod Cameron from Cairns travelled to the United States to begin his formation as an Augustinian. Thus began a period of active promotion of Augustinian religious life among Australians. Many others joined the Order in the years that follow.
1948 Death of John Heavey. Bishop of Cairns, last Augustinian bishop in Australia.