Bridin Books

The unique story of an Australian rural community who, in the spirit of their Irish rebel ancestors, stood up for what they believed in.

The Church on the Hill - Paperback

Bridin Books

This is a richly illustrated history of St Brigid’s,  Crossley, a Catholic community in south-west Victoria, that traces the origins  of the settlers and the development of what became probably the most  concentrated Irish Catholic settlement in Victoria. The book traces the  development of the community from the 1840s, examining farming life, community  life and the Catholic faith, seeking to investigate an ongoing Irish influence  in the area and the part this Irish identity played in relation to some of the  prevailing issues of the day, such as the cessation of funding of Catholic  schools in 1873 and the debate over conscription during World War I. This book  includes over 100 short family histories of many of the families who settled in the  district.