A new biography of Caroline Chisholm was published in late 2017 by Harper Collins. Its Sarah Goldman’s Caroline Chisholm: An Irresistible Force. The Friends’ Newsletter #16 for January, 2018 has a penetrating review by Dr Carole Walker. Download the issue now or go to the Newsletter page.
Another review of Caroline Chisholm: An Irresistible Force is by Rodney Stinson. It is called “Historical Gaucherie, Inaccuracy and Error in An Irresistible Force”, and is a work in progress. Parts 1 and 2 have been done, and other parts will be added over the next few months. Click here to download his review.
Mrs Moira Sheridan wrote The Emigrants Friend for the June, 2011 commemoration mass at St Peter and Paul’s Old Cathedral in Goulburn, NSW. The words of this new hymn are to be sung to the Nan Danket hymn tune (best known as “Now Thank We All Our God”). Click here to see and print the words.
Matthew French’s recent historical research found that private criminal prosecutions were possible in the early 1840s in the Colony and that it was no hollow threat by Mrs Chisholm to say that, if the Government did not prosecute the captain and surgeon of the ship Carthaginian, she was prepared to do so. His research paper,Caroline Chisholm: The Carthaginian Case and Private Prosecutions in Mid-Nineteenth Century New South Wales,may be downloaded here.
The refurbishment of Caroline and Archibald Chisholm’s grave in the Billings Road cemetery in Northampton has been completed. The cost was borne by individuals in the Anglican and Catholic communities in that place, elsewhere in England and in Australia. The blessing ceremony for the refurbished gravestone was conducted by Church leaders from those communities, as reported in issue #10 of the Newsletter.
On-going maintenance of the grave has also been organised, allowing future pilgrims the opportunity to pray at the Chisholms’ final earthly resting place. One such pilgrim from Australia recently visited the refurbished grave (see issue #11 of the Newsletter).
One of the major news items in 2015 was the installation and blessing of a commemorative window for Caroline Chisholm in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Northampton (see issue #11 of the Newsletter). She was baptised in that Anglican Church in 1808 and married there in 1830. She and her family were active parishioners in that parish.