The Invention of Melbourne

A Baroque Archbishop and a Gothic Architect

Jaynie Anderson, Max Vodola, Shane Carmody

The Invention of Melbourne defines the relationship between an architect of genius, William Wardell, and the first Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, James Goold, an Irishman educated in Risorgimento Italy. Their partnership produced St Patrick’s, the largest cathedral of the 19th century anywhere in the world, and some thirteen churches, decorated with hundreds of Baroque paintings. These ambitious policies coincided with the Gold Rush, which contributed financially to their success. The contribution made by Wardell and Goold to the built environment of Melbourne remains significant. Together, they actively and creatively shaped the city that became a major international metropolis.

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About the authors

Jaynie Anderson is professor emeritus at the University of Melbourne. In 1970 she was the first woman Rhodes Fellow at Oxford. From 1997 to 2014 she was Herald Chair of Fine Arts at Melbourne. In 2015 she received a knighthood from the President of the Republic of Italy for distinguished research on Renaissance art.


Max Vodola is a priest of the archdiocese of Melbourne and lecturer in church history at Catholic Theological College, East Melbourne (University of Divinity). He is Chairman of the Melbourne Diocesan Historical Commission.



Shane Carmody is a historian who has published widely on the history of collections and the history of the book. He has worked at National Archives of Australia and State Library Victoria, where he was Director, Collections and Access. His most recent role has been as Senior Development Manager at the University of Melbourne.

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