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long awaited biography of Thomas Moore

16 Sep

In 2005, during the lead-up to Moore College’s Sesquicentenary Celebrations I accidentally came across the personal papers of the benefactor Mr Thomas Moore of Liverpool. I was able to publish some preliminary essays and addresses in the course of the celebrations that year, but at that stage I had only just begun to examine the newly discovered papers.

I have been going through these papers for the last five years or so, getting to know ‘the man’ and seeking to write a proper biography. My plan was to launch the biography during the bicentennial celebrations of the township of Liverpool — to put Mr Moore firmly in the midst of those celebrations, since he built the town in the first place!

Good news and bad news:

The bad news is that there is too much to say about him, and so I have been unable to complete the entire biography – this may take another year. The good news then is that I have made the decision to divide the work in two to do justice to this fascinating man. Part I will get him to Liverpool (the first 48 years) Part II will deal with the second half of his life (30 years) once he got there.

The extra good news:

Part I will be launched during the Liverpool Bicentenary celebrations. November 22nd, 5pm at Liverpool City Library (everyone is most welcome to come!). I am very pleased that the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC, CVO, will be launching the book.

The Cowpers at Anglican Historical Society

3 Mar

Peter Bolt will be speaking at the Annual General Meeting of the Anglican Historical Society on the 13th of March 2010.

The AGM will be held at St Philips Anglican Church, York St Sydney, starting at 1:30pm

St Philips Anglican Church York St Logo


‘The Indispensable Parson’ Book Launch

7 Aug


As part of the Cowper 200 celebrations, a new book by Peter G. Bolt, William Cowper (1778-1858): The Indispensable Parson. The Life & Influence of Australia’s First Parish Clergyman, will be launched at the State Library by Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of NSW.


For almost 50 years, William Cowper was the minister of St Philip’s Church, Sydney. He was instrumental in establishing many of the important social institutions of early NSW. His pioneering family also contributed towards building the nation in a variety of ways: politics, religion, education, medicine, farming.

  • Date: Monday 17 August
  • Time: 5:30pm for 6pm
  • Venue: Dixson Room, Mitchell Wing
  • Cost: $22 (Full), $15 (Friends, Pensioners, Students), $20 (Seniors), includes light refreshments.

Get your tickets from the State Library bookshop!