Not Angels but Anglicans. "Anglicanism in Australia: A History", by Bruce Kaye (ed). [review]
For most of Australia’s European history, the Church of England has been the largest denomination. In 1841 its adherents represented sixty per cent of the population; in 1901 the numbers were still close to forty per cent. The two oldest colonies, New South Wales and Tasmania, had the highest proportions of Anglicans, while the church was weakest in South Australia and Victoria. The book is sensibly organised in two parts: six narrative chapters take us from 1788 to the present day, while another seven explore particular themes, ranging from Bruce Kaye on Anglican identity to Anne O’Brien on gender issues. Colin Holden provides something of a respite from more conventional controversies with an interesting discussion of the church’s use of architecture and the visual arts, firmly locating it in the wider culture. Two chapters of particular interest are contributed by Bill Lawton on Anglican theology and John Harris on the church and indigenous peoples.