Celebrations of Cowper 200

19 Aug

This year celebrates the 200th year since William Cowper set foot on the shores of NSW on 18th of August 1809.

The significance of his 49 years of service at St Phillip’s Sydney and the impact he had on the wider colony are well remembered in the following media coverage:

‘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!

William Cowper at the Australian History Festival

18 May

Interested in Australian history? Come and feast on aspects of Australia’s religious history and enjoy the company of other history buffs.

Peter Bolt will be speaking at one of the sessions titled: ‘The Indispensable Parson: The Life and Influence of Rev. William Cowper (1778–1858).’


The Australian History Festival is organized by Moore Theological College Library. Cost is $10 which includes morning tea and coffee/tea at lunchtime. BYO Lunch.

UPDATE: audio recording of this talk can now be downloaded for free by clicking here.