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4th November, Feast Day of St Charles Borromeo.

"Remember, rejoice!" a History of St. Charles Borromeo, Ryde parish was launched. This book contains a history of Catholics in this area from the early days in the 1800's to the present day. In The Foreword by Anthony Fisher OP. Archbishop of Sydney, says: "The Parish book is a history of one of the oldest and most distinguished parishes in the Archdiocese. It is an important contribution to the story of Catholic life in Sydney and I commend its publication."

There are many enjoyable moments recorded in the book including highlights of the people who have made history real over 165 years. Many photographs and never before seen artefacts have also been reproduced. The book recounts the struggle to establish a Catholic presence in Ryde and surrounding areas. It chronicles events over 165 years and up to the present day.

As St Charles Borromeo said in the late 1500's,”Faith is a delicate flame that has to be nurtured and protected so it can sustain its existence for the future”. St. Charles was the Bishop of Milan and was a dedicated man devoted to feeding and educating the poor and the reformation of the clergy. These are challenges that the Catholic church is still facing today.

The authors are Richard Mathews, Margaret Farlow and Father Paul.  A copy can be purchased through the RDHS using our Book Order Form HERE.

13 August 2016
Associate Professor Carol Liston of Western Sydney University launched the Society’s latest publication “The Field of Mars Cemetery at Ryde, NSW”, by Kevin Shaw & Janice Eastment.

The City of Ryde contains several cemeteries and one of the oldest is the strangely named Field of Mars Cemetery. The book explains the origin of the name, describes some of the known history of the early years and provides small biographies of many people interred in the various sections. These include a Premier of NSW, an internationally famous composer, doctors, judges, soldiers, nurses, lawyers, clergymen, painters, cemetery sextons, farmers, sportsmen and entertainers. Some notable names are Premier John Storey, composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks, cricketer Archie Jackson, Mr Big€¯ Lennie McPherson, landscape painter William Piguenit, writer Rachel Henning and Caroline Byrne. Ryde pioneers include representatives of the Blaxland, Collingridge, Darvall, Hatton, Lovell, Shepherd, Small and Wicks families.

 It also contains details of re-interments from Devonshire St Cemetery in Sydney, Balmain Cemetery in Leichhardt, Gladesville Hospital Cemetery, St. Anne’s Churchyard and Ryde Baptist Cemetery.

 This publication is over 200 pages and includes a detailed index, coloured photographs and short biographies of over 80 people and their families buried in the cemetery. A cemetery map is also provided so that graves can be located and biographies used to support a stroll through the cemetery.

 An order form is available HERE.