Professor Peter Sherlock, Vice Chancellor, University of Divinity, gave the sermon which was an interesting and excellent presentation of the life and times of the Rev. Adam Compton Thomson (1800-1859), Incumbent of St. James Episcopalian Church 1841-1850 and who also presided at the opening of St. James Church 175 years ago (2 October 1842).
Professor Sherlock is a cultural and religious historian with particular interests in early modern Europe and Australia. His research focusses on memory, especially the commemoration of the dead in monuments, and on gender roles and representations in the Christian church. His current projects include a history of the monuments of Westminster Abbey, and a theological history of the ordination of women in the Anglican Church c1860-2015.
A special thanks was also acknowledged that a group of volunteers have transcribed all of the baptism, marriage and funeral records of both St. James Old Cathedral and St. John's La Trobe Street into searchable sets of databases.
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