​Bishopscourt, the East Melbourne residence that has been home to all 13 of Melbourne’s Anglican leaders since 1853, has been the focus of unaccustomed attention within and beyond the Anglican Church this month.

On 7 October, distinguished Australian historian and East Melbourne resident, Professor Geoffrey Blainey, launched Dr Liz Rushen’s social history, Bishopscourt Melbourne – Official Residence and Family Home, at two functions hosted by Archbishop Philip Freier and his wife Joy, the driving force behind the 350-page book: one in the morning for the media and another in the evening for former residents of the home and supporters.

The book is a social history of the 13 Bishops and Archbishops of Melbourne, their wives and families, and their influence on the community around them.

Then five days later, ABC 1 broadcast Gardening Australia, which visited Bishopscourt’s historic garden, restored and maintained by volunteers led by horticulturist Helen Page.

Book details: Bishopscourt Melbourne – Official Residence and Family Home, by Elizabeth Rushen (Published by Mosaic Press. ISBN 97817432 40991. Retail price $49.95).

A full report on the book launch will be in November’s issue of TMA (The Melbourne Anglican),  available on 10 November.

Click here to view Gardening Australia’s feature on Bishopscourt.



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