By Wendouree: Memories 1951-1963
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Taking up where Luther’s Pine, the story of John Molony’s youth and
early manhood, left off, By Wendouree continues his journey from
ordination in Rome in 1951 to his marriage in Ballarat at the end of
When Molony left Rome in 1953 he had been formed in his priestly
mission by working among the poor and those who remained displaced by
the upheaval of World War II. Under the broken arches of the aqueducts
bordering that ancient city, Molony learnt the meaning of compassion
without judgement and how to inspire hope amidst despair. In stark
contrast, the Boston of the 1950s where Molony spent some months on his
journey home to Australia, was a dizzying mixture of optimism and
affluence that went some way to healing wounds caused by the dour
privations of post-war Europe.
Imbued with a political and social engagement that had been stimulated
by life in the shadow of the Vatican, Molony returned to Australia
determined to spend his priestly life in his country. Throughout the
next decade, the Roman that Molony had become contended with the
Australian that he wanted to be. Exhausted and conscious of the
diminishing fire that darkened the life of his spirit, the young priest
concluded that it was ‘too much for Molony’ and left Ballarat with a
wife and the prospect of life in secular Australia of the 1960s.
In its lyricism, evocation of place and exploration of the complex
process of learning to know the self, By Wendouree is a rewarding and
moving continuation of the story of an Australian life.
Professor John Molony has had a distinguished career as an academic and
historian, as well as actively participating in movements and causes
including Catholic Action, the Labor Party, the Indo-Chinese Refugee
Association, the Dante Alighieri Society, Australian Rules football and
the Eureka Stockade Memorial Trust. He has had published 13 books as
well as numerous articles in academic journals.
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 25 March, 2010.