Published in 2016, Blessings from Boughsheds chronicles the history of Catholic schooling in the Townsville diocese from the opening of the first school in 1872 and terminating in 1972 with the establishment of the Diocesan Catholic Education Office.
This historical study shows that schooling has been central to the Catholic Church in Queensland and no less in the Townsville Diocese. Indeed, in most centres, schools were established and operated out of the church. This study also shows the determination of the church to continue its education policy within an environment lacking political, financial and at times, social support.
The foresight and tenacity of bishops, the dedication and devotion of nuns, brothers and priests, the support of parents and community through donations, gifts and voluntarism, all entwined to provide the basis of the dynamic and successful Catholic schooling system enjoyed in the Townsville Diocese today.
If you would like to purchase a volume of Blessings from Boughsheds, please contact the Townsville Catholic Education Office. Copies of the book are available for $20.00.