The looming battle: Our Lady of Fatima and public space in Cold War Queensland

Mason, Robert (2008) The looming battle: Our Lady of Fatima and public space in Cold War Queensland. Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 94 (1). pp. 57-74. ISSN 0035-8762


The Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima toured Queensland during 1951 as part of a global journey that was designed to promote moral renewal and defeat international
communism. Previous analyses of Catholic anti-communism in Cold War Queensland have focussed on B.A. Santamaria's Social Studies Movement or the Labor Party split, but rarely investigate the changes in Catholic identity that preceded such dramatic events. Queensland Catholics were particularly sensitised to the communist threat at both international and local levels. They projected these concerns publicly during the Pilgrim Statue's tour, and tested the social boundaries that had hitherto constrained their public expression of anti-communism.

The Queensland section of the tour by the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima offers a clear example of a transitional period in Catholic identity, as models of political and social behaviour moved away from Irish ethnicity towards a focus on Australian anti-communism.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2010 11:33
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: Our Lady of Fatima; catholicism; marxism; Queensland history; social order; symbolism
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950406 Religious Traditions (excl. Structures and Rituals)
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past

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