John Joseph Barrett

John Joseph Barrett

Name: John Joseph Barrett

Epoch: Late 19th Century (the \'Long Nineteenth Century\')

Grouping Field: Humanities (Ideas Formatted as Ideas) and Social Science (Models)

Location Grouping: Individual\'s Work Location

Map Coordinates: 27°27\'25.3\"S 153°01\'30.3\"E

Years At Location: 1875-1889

One Historical Setting: Father John Joseph Barrett, Street Joseph\'s College, 285 Gregory Terrace, Brisbane City (1875)

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John Barrett was the founder of St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace (‘Terrace’) from 1875. His work in Queensland was relatively short, moving to Melbourne in 1881 where he acted as novice master until 1883, but with this exception he controlled Terrace until 1889. Nevertheless, his work for the Christian Brothers would mean, in time, the largest single organization in Queensland for the training of boys outside the Department of Education.

Impact On Brisbane Society

John Barrett was educated at the Catholic University in Dublin, greatly influenced by John Henry Newman. As well as role as headmaster at the Terrace, Barratt had worked on the staff of Nudgee College. In these capacities he was able to introduce Newman Catholicity to a generation of Brisbane’s ‘Catholic gentlemen’. Foremost, this meant a respect and inculcation in modern higher education, albeit socially, politically, and intellectually conservative. This impact is particularly important as it counter-weighted the anti-modernist hostility to higher education in local orders and congregations, more influenced by the Roman Papacy.


A. A. Morrison, ‘Barrett, John Joseph (1840–1921)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1969, accessed online 21 June 2019. This article was first published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 3, (MUP), 1969

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Rev. Brother Barrett Order’s Doyen. Christian Brothers in Queensland. The Telegraph, Saturday 7 December 1912, p. 19. NLA Trove