Annals Australasia

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Annals Australasia was an Australian magazine of Catholic culture.

Originally titled Australian Annals of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, the magazine was established in 1889 by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in Randwick, New South Wales. The first editor (though not fully acknowledged) was author and schoolteacher Mary Agnes Finn.[1] [2] By 2019 it was Australia's oldest continuously published magazine.[3][4]

In the mid-twentieth century, it regularly provided information on Catholic missions to Aboriginal Australia,[5] and a series of articles on "non-Catholic churches" by Dr Leslie Rumble[6][7] The journal was renamed Annals Australia in the 1960s and Annals Australasia in the 1980s. It contained material on Catholic issues of a generally conservative focus, intended to appeal to students and teachers.

For most of the years from 1964 to 2019, it was edited by Fr Paul Stenhouse MSC.[8] [9] It was published by the Sacred Heart Monastery.

Annals closed with the issue of December 2019, on the death of Paul Stenhouse.[10][11]

A Papua New Guinea version of Annals was published from 1986, edited by Fr Adrian Meaney MSC.[12] [13]


  1. ^ "Annals, 130 years old". Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Australia. 11 Apr 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Mary Agnes Finn, Famous Catholic Authoress, Dies". Catholic Weekly. Sydney. 13 Jan 1949. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  3. ^ Annals, 50 years, Paul Stenhouse MSC, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Australia, Current News, 12 Apr 2016.
  4. ^ Stenhouse, Paul (1984). "'Within a shining pool ...' The annals of The Annals, 1880-1984". Australasian Catholic Record. 61: 271–281.
  5. ^ "New Aboriginal missions". Northern Standard. Darwin. 22 Jan 1935. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  6. ^ Edmund Campion, Rumble, Leslie Audoen (1892–1975), Retrieved 27 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Read Dr Rumble on the non-Catholic churches". Southern Cross. Adelaide. 23 Dec 1949. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  8. ^ Life Story: Paul Stenhouse MSC, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Australia, 17 Sept 2014.
  9. ^ Caruana, Anthony (1997). Monastery on the Hill: A History of the Sacred Heart Monastery, Kensington, 1897-1997. Kensington NSW: Nelen Yubu Missiological Unit. p. 231-233. ISBN 0958786925.
  10. ^ Annals Australasia 130 (6) (Aug 2019), p. 1.
  11. ^ Rodrigues, Marilyn (Nov 28, 2019). "Hundreds farewell Fr Paul Stenhouse". Catholic Weekly. Sydney. Retrieved 31 Aug 2020.
  12. ^ Meaney, Adrian (2020). A Roaming Catholic. Kensington NSW: Mission Office. p. 46. ISBN 9780980864489.
  13. ^ "Annals". Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Papua New Guinea. 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2021.

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