Welcome to Quadrant Online | Login/ Register Cart (0) $0 View Cart
Menu
June 28th 2009 print

Robert Murray

Jettisoning John Calvin

Presbyterians in Colonial Victoria by Malcolm Wood; Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2008, $44. On being told that there was a new book on Presbyterian history in Victoria and that I should review it, my feelings were cool. There would be lots of grey-bearded old worthies, claimed as saintly or at least very wise, sandwiched between syrupy clerical jargon. But no. This is a briskly and clearly written and information-packed piece of social history, with a lot to say about how an important part of Australian society has developed, warts—of which there are many—and all. The author, a lapsed Presbyterian whose father was the last pre-Uniting Church Moderator-General of Australia, has turned in later years to a critical evaluation of his inheritance. He was also Assistant Director-General of the National Archives, and this background shows in his command of the records.

Don't have an account?

Subscribe to Quadrant Magazine.

Online Only
$59.00 per year
Free access to Quadrant Online.
Online edition of Quadrant Magazine, including iPad compatible PDF downloads of magazine.
Free access to all Quadrant Archives.
 - 
 - 
Purchase to view article
Magazine + Online
$84.00 per year
Printed edition of Quadrant magazine.
Free access to Quadrant Online, including iPad compatible PDF downloads of magazine.
Free access to all Quadrant Archives.
 - 
 - 
Purchase to view article
Premium
$300.00 per year
Printed edition of Quadrant magazine.
Free access to Quadrant Online, including iPad compatible PDF downloads.
Free access to all Quadrant Archives.
All new editions of Quadrant books.
Invitations to Quadrant dinners, book launches and other functions.
Purchase to view article