Fresh spotlight on Bathurst sectarian controversy

Bathurst cemetery

The lodgement of the remainder of the estate of a 19th-century Irish Catholic man has shone a new spotlight on a controversial scandal over religious division n the history of Bathurst, west of Sydney, reports the Western Advocate.

The estate belongs to Richard Kenna, an Irish Catholic, who decided to send his son to Sydney Grammar School instead of a Catholic school, a decision vehemently opposed by the local Bishop Matthew Quinn. The Bishop then brought the full force of his position to bear in an effort to have Mr Kenna change his mind.

Both men maintained their position – with the end result that Mr Kenna was refused burial in the Catholic portion of Bathurst.

A public meeting held to support Bishop Quinn’s actions saw a succession of speakers support the Bishop’s action in passionate terms. The entire affair received national coverage in the media of the day.

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