Wednesday, 24 October 2018
Tuesday, 23 October 2018
Centenary of laying of foundation stone for Carmelite Hall, 24 November 1918
Building a grand Carmelite hall
in Middle Park at war’s end
Dr Val Noone
Carmelite Hall, 7 October 2018
SUMMARY OF LECTURE
1. At a building site on Sunday 24 November 1918
2. Middle Park: a new and mixed suburb
3. Prior Kindelan and parishioners at war’s end
4. On being Australian Irish Catholics
5. After the war: thriving parish in an economic depression
Conclusion: respect for elders
HANDOUT GIVEN TO ATTENDEES AT THE LECTURE
Press reports of laying of foundation stone,
Sunday 24 November 1918
Sunday 24 November 1918
Tribune, 28 November 1918, p 3.
New Carmelite Hall. Blessing ceremony
at Middle Park. Over 5000 people present
at Middle Park. Over 5000 people present
A fine hall and club rooms in course of erection in Richardson Street, Middle Park, will complete a magnificent pile of Catholic buildings in the parish of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, and the work accomplished is highly creditable to the Very Rev Prior Kindelan OCC, and parishioners. The new building faces Neville Street. It is brick of two storeys, and will cost about £7000. The spacious hall will accommodate from 900 to 1000 people, and dressing and meetings rooms, a kitchen and supper room, and a large stage are provided. A billiard room, reading room and other general conveniences will be on the top floor, and the hall and rooms will be roomy, well lighted and excellently ventilated, Mr A A Fritsch is the architect, and Mr Farr the contractor. Good progress has been made with the building, which will be very serviceable in the development of parochial activities.
On Sunday afternoon his Grace the Archbishop of Melbourne, the Most Rev Dr Mannix blessed and laid the foundation stone of the hall and club rooms, and in the ceremony he was assisted by the Very Rev. Prior Kindelan OCC [Carmelites of the Ancient Observance, these days, O. Carm]; the Very Rev Prior Scanlan OCC. Rev R Collins PP; Rev J Byrne, PP; Rev. F. A. Merner, PP; Rev. W. Ganly, Rev, P. Wade, OCC.; Rev. P. O’Dwyer, OCC; and Rev. P A Maher, OCC. A guard of honour for his Grace was provided but the HACBS, INF and CYMS. During the afternoon the St. Vincent de Paul’s Band, under Mr Oppenheim, played selections.
Speeches in the grounds
Subsequently addresses were delivered in the grounds, and over 5000 people were present. The crowd stretched across the roadway, and his Grace the Archbishop was given a great reception. The platform was well set out, and a gay display of bunting was made, prominence being given to ‘the banner of green.’ His Grace and the clergy took their seats on the platform to the accompaniment of loud applause. Very Rev Prior Kindelan said he was delighted to see such a large gathering, and he desired to extend a very cordial welcome to his Grace the Archbishop. (Applause). The hall and club-rooms would mean a great adjunct to the parish and supply a long-felt need. He was pleased to say that the project was taken up enthusiastically by the parishioners. It meant that in having a hall they would not need to look elsewhere for buildings to hold parish entertainments in the future. (Applause). The club-rooms would provide various forms of amusement for the young men, and in every way the Building wound serve a very useful purpose. (Applause). The presence of his Grace would make them all the more determined to carry out their undertaking. (Applause). Already the Archbishop had taken part in two other functions, and he was always ready to assist every deserving cause. (Applause). On behalf of the large and enthusiastic gathering it gave him very great pleasure to welcome his Grace the Archbishop. (Applause).
Mr Clarebrough in moving that a subscription list be opened, said that the hall would be replete with convenience, and would be a great boon, especially to the young men, for whom opportunities should be provided to meet for social intercourse and healthy amusement. He regarded a hali as a great blessing and benefit to any parish. (Applause). The hall would accommodate close on a thousand people, and the rooms would be made as comfortable as possible. He thought the whole parish was to be congratulated on making provision for such a fine building. (Applause). They should contribute generously for the reason that the building would serve a useful purpose, and as an act of thanksgiving to Almighty God for the termination of the war! (Applause.)
There was a further inducement to give in memory of the brave men who had fallen ar the front. He hoped a record would be established in the matter of generous giving. (Applause). Since he had come amongst them, the Very Rev Prior Kindelan had done great work, and if they gave generously, it would be a practical expression of their appreciation of Prior Kindelan’s labours. (Applause). The appeal was worthy of their best support. (Applause).
Mr C. Bradley seconded the motion, and said a hall was very desirable for the parish. The use of certain public halls had been refused to his Grace by bigoted people, but that slight could not be put upon his Grace at Middle Park when the parish hall was completed. (Applause). They were greatly indebted to his Grace for his presence, and he trusted their appreciation would take practical form by a large subscription list. (Applause). The Very Rev. Prior Kindelan, in a characteristic speech, supported the motion, which was unanimously carried.
The collection was generously responded to, and Prior Kindelan read the subscription list, including the following: His Grace the Archbishop, £20; Carmelite Fathers, Middle Park, £50; Carmelite Fathers, Port Melbourne, £5/5/-: Very Rev W Quilter, £5/5/-; Rev Fr Ganly £5/5/-; Rev R Collins, £5/5/-: Rev Fr Merner, £2/2/-; Rev J Byrne, £5; Sacred Heart Sodality (Women’s Branch) £52/10/-; Altar Society, £50: C.Y.M.S. (Middle Park), £10/10/-; Children of Mary, £10/10/-; Sacred Heart Sodality (Men’s Branch), £7/7/-; and, Carmelite Altar Boys £5/5/-.
His Grace the Archbishop, who was received with great enthusiasm said the hall in course of erection was worthy of the parish, and he felt sure it would be used for very good purposes. The war was at an end, and there was a prospect of abiding peace coming to the world after four years of terrible strife. His Grace enlarged upon this theme, and gave examples, showing the changeableness of public opinion. The speech was heartily applauded throughout.
Vote of thanks
In moving a vote of thanks to his Grace the Archbishop, Mr McCarthy said that priests and people were united in the closest ties of affection. His Grace the Archbishop had the welfare of the community at heart, and all right-thinking people respected and admired him. (Applause). The Collins street daisies and a coterie of nobodies could hurl insults at his Grace, but they could not alienate the affections of the people, who had practical experience of the great sympathy of the Archbishop towards the workers. (Applause). His Grace had done much for Australia, and deserved the warm place he occupied in the hearts of the people. (Applause) Mr O’Brien seconded, and said they were all delighted to have the Archbishop with them.
Advocate, 30 November 1918, p 10.
New Carmelite Parish Hall, Middle Park. Foundation Stone Laid
by the Archbishop. Attendance estimated at 5000
by the Archbishop. Attendance estimated at 5000
Progress is the watchword of the Very Rev Prior Kindelan, OCC, in his flourishing parish of Middle Park, as it is of the Hierarchy and clergy in Victoria and the other States of the Commonwealth. On last Sunday afternoon the coping-stone was placed on the equipment of the parish, when his Grace the Archbishop of Melbourne (the Most Rev. Dr. Mannix) blessed and laid the foundation-stone of what will be, at completion, one of the finest parish halls in and around Melbourne. With a venturesome trust in the bank that has never yet been known to fail — that of Faith, Hope, and, Charity — Prior Kindelan has signed a contract for £7000, and this substantial sum does not include furnishing and fitting of the building, which will fully meet the intellectual and social wants of the parish for many a year to come. Settlement is rapidly increasing in Middle Park, and Prior Kindelan is justified in building on a generous scale. The hall will accommodate some 1000 people. It will be furnished on up-to-date lines. There will be a spacious gallery, and provision will be made for giving dramatic performances, concerts, etc. There will be billiard-rooms, spacious stage, a number of dressing rooms, large supper-room, kitchen, etc. The building will extend from Richardson Street to Neville Street. The architect is Mr A pz Fritsch, ARVIA, and the contractor is Mr Farr.
Laying the foundation stone
An enormous assemblage, estimated at 5000, overflowed the grounds, roadway, and pathway, and his Grace the Archbishop of Melbourne (the Most Rev. Dr. Mannix) was accorded a most enthusiastic reception. The most rev. prelate was received by the Very Rev. Prior J. A. Kindelan, OCC., and amongst those also present were the Rev P Wade, OCC, and Rev P O’Dwyer, OCC (Middle Park), the Very Rev Prior Scanlan, OCC, and the Rev P A Maher, OCC. (Port Melbourne), the Rev R Collins, PP (South Melbourne) , the Rev T Byrne, PP. (St Kilda West), the Rev F A Merner (Dandenong), the Rev William Ganly, the Rev Brother Aylward, and others. The members of the HACB Society and the INF formed a guard of honour, and the St Vincent de Paul Boys’ Orphanage Band, under Bandmaster G. Oppenheim, played inspiriting music.
His Grace having robed, for the ceremony, a procession of the Archbishop, clergy, and altar attendants, headed by the cross-bearer, proceeded to the front of the building, the walls of which are already up to a good height. The Archbishop blessed the stone, which was then placed in position, the most rev. prelate declaring it ‘well and truly laid.’
Subsequently, the Archbishop, clergy, and others proceeded to an improvised platform, which had been gaily decorated with flags of all nations. It was an ideal day for an outdoor ceremony—a warm sun, tempered by a cool southerly. Each and every one seemed to be in the best of humour, and the pleasant sallies of the Prior, as he put forth his appeal for the building fund, elicited unfeigned merriment, in which his Grace the Archbishop, heartily joined.
Prior Kindelan OCC welcomes the Archbishop
The Very Rev. Prior Kindelan, OCC. who was cordially received, said he was glad to see such a huge gathering, not only of the people of Middle, Park, but of Port Melbourne, South Melbourne, St. Kilda, and the city of Melbourne, come to do honour to their great Archbishop — (cheers) — and to lend a helping hand in meeting the cost of the parish hall now in course of erection. (Applause.) They were all pleased and delighted to have his Grace the Archbishop with them that afternoon to help them in a work which was very near and dear to, the people of Middle Park. (Applause.) They were indebted to Fr. Collins, of South Melbourne, for much kindness and assistance. (Applause.) He had helped them to obviate the difficulties arising from the want of a suitable parish hail. They were now engaged in erecting a hall that would be suitable in every way, and which would supply a long-felt want. The literary and social requirements of the parishioners would be fully provided for in the new hall. (Applause.) That was, indeed, a red-letter day in Middle Park, and the presence of his Grace the Archbishop would act as a stimulus, and would encourage them to help along the work with enthusiasm. (Applause.)
Subscription list opened.
Mr. Clareborough, in moving that a subscription list be now opened, said that they were all proud and delighted to have his Grace the Archbishop with them that afternoon, to bless and lay the foundation-stone of their new parish hall. (Applause.) The building would be a splendid asset for the parishioners, and especially for the young men. (Applause.) Without a suitable hall, where they could assemble for social and intellectual purposes, the Catholic young men could not associate to the best advantage. Here the men, young and old, could assemble, and they would be provided with every facility for recreation of mind and body. There would be reading-rooms, clubrooms etc., and when that splendid building was completed it would be a credit to the district. (Applause.) He would ask all present to be as generous as their means would allow. By subscribing, they would be helping a great and noble work, availing themselves of the opportunity to thank God for the cessation of hostilities, and expressing their gratitude at the return, of the Anzacs. (Applause.) They owed a deep debt of gratitude to Prior, Kindelan who, in the course of a few years, had done splendid work in the parish for religious education, and for the other wants of the people. (Applause.)
Mr. C. Bradley, in seconding the proposition, said he hoped that all would give generously towards the cost of the hall, which would be the best reply to those sectarians who would shut the public halls to Catholics because of the presence of his Grace Archbishop Mannix. They would, he felt confident, give with large and generous hearts, as a proof of their loyalty to his Grace the Archbishop, and to help a worthy cause. (Applause.)
Prior Kindelan having supported the motion, the collectors went amongst the people, and a very generous response was made. Amongst the lengthy list of subscriptions read out by the Prior were: — The Archbishop, £20; Carmelite Fathers (Middle Park), £50; Sacred Heart Sodality (women’s branch), 50 guineas; Altar Society, £50; C.Y.M. Society (Middle Park), £10/10/-; Children of Mary,, £10/10/-; Sacred Heart Society (men’s branch), .£7/7/-; Fr W Quilter, Fr R Collins, Fr G Byrne, Fr W Ganly, Carmelite Fathers (Port Melbourne), Carmelite altar boys, £5/5/- each; Fr F A Merner, £2/2/-.
His Grace the Archbishop, who was received with great enthusiasm, said that the hall in course of erection was worthy of the parish, and he felt sure it would be used for very good purposes. The war was at an end, and there was a prospect of abiding peace coming to the world after years of terrible strife. The Archbishop spoke at some length on this subject, and gave more than one instance illustrative of the variation, of public opinion. His Grace was frequently applauded during the delivery of his address, and at the conclusion the most rev. prelate was heartily applauded.
Vote of thanks to the Archbishop
Mr. McCarthy, in proposing that a hearty vote of thanks be accorded his Grace the Archbishop for his great kindness in coming to bless and lay the foundation-stone of the parish hall, said they were all justly proud of their great democratic leader, his Grace the Archbishop of Melbourne (the Most Rev. Dr. Mannix). (Cheers.) They could afford to treat with silent contempt the attacks on their Archbishop and clergy, and the efforts to divide priests and people. (Applause.) Certain people failed to stand up in defence of the Archbishop when he was unjustly attacked, but now, thanks to his Grace, we had the University College, which, in time, would send forth men endowed with courage and ability, to defend all that Catholics held dear and sacred. (Prolonged applause.) The name of the great and illustrious Archbishop would be associated for all time with the successful fight to keep Australia a free land. (Applause.) If the two men on whom the eyes of the world, were to-day focussed, Marshal Foch and President Wilson — (cheers)— visited these shores, there was no man in the land with whom they would be more desirous to associate them selves with than his Grace Arch bishop Mannix. (Vociferous cheers.) He wished to move a hearty vote of thanks to his Grace. (Applause.)
Mr O’Brien, in seconding the motion, remarked that they all felt extremely pleased to have their great Archbishop with them that day. His Grace was held in the highest respect and esteem by all fair-minded men. (Applause.)
Prior Kindelan put the motion, and it was carried with tremendous enthusiasm.
His Grace having briefly acknowledged the compliment, the proceedings, which were characterised, from start to finish, by great enthusiasm, were brought to a successful close.
The secretarial duties were carried out by Mr. Frank Wrigley. Pressure on our space compels us to hold over a detailed description of what the building will be when completed. Ω
• Dr Val Noone is a Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. He can be contacted at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Tuesday, 16 October 2018
On Tuesday the 16th of October, Susan Southall gave a presentation to the Spiritual Reading Group on the life and work of the Sufi writer and musician Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927). Here is her paper, while in a separate post you will find the quotes from his book ‘The Mysticism of Sound and Music’ (Shambhala, 1996) used by the Group for discussion.
Hazrat Inayat Khan was born in 1882 in Baroda, then a princely state in what is now Gujarat, India. He came from a family that was intensely musical. His father descended from an ancient family of feudal landowners who were Sufi saints, poets, and musicians. His mother was the daughter of Sholay Khan Maulabakhsh, one of India’s greatest musicians at that time, who travelled throughout India and was given princely rank by the Maharajah of Mysore.
Their home in Baroda was the centre of an extended family that contributed so significantly to musical culture in Baroda that it brought together not only Muslim, but Brahmin and Parsi families as well: this intellectual development was important to Inayat Khan in his exposure to different religious traditions.
Inayat Khan was what is known today as a gifted child. His musical skill was so advanced that before the age of twenty he became a full professor at the Gayanshala academy of music founded by his grandfather in 1886 (now the Baroda University Faculty of Music). He had written his first book on music at the age of fourteen, and at age nine, he sang a famous Sanskrit hymn at a court ceremony, winning a reward from the Maharajah for his performance.
The title Hazrat is an Arabic honorific used in India for high officials, royalty, and clergy. Literally ‘Presence’ it corresponds to ‘Your Honour’, ‘Your Excellency’, ‘Your Majesty’ or ‘Your Holiness’. The 25 Prophets of the Koran, such Muhamad, Jesus, Moses and so on, may be described by their names as Hazrat Moses, for example. Hazrat Inayat Khan has a princely background and is also a religious teacher. Imams may be addressed as Hazrat. He may be understood as not so much elite as superior: he comes from a high level of society and he has added to this by his personal accomplishments and qualities.
His personality as a child was lively and intelligent, but he was also marked by deep reflection and questioning about God, nature, truth and morality. The tragedy of family deaths marked his youth: he lost his grandfather — the famous musician Maulabakhsh — his younger brother, and his beloved mother all before he was twenty. Thereupon Inayat Khan began to travel.
The life of famous musicians, even today, is often marked by travel. Inayat Khan began by going to Madras and Mysore, places where his grandfather had won fame, and had success there, returning home as a poet, publishing then a book of his poems in various Indian languages. He soon took his grandfather’s style of music to the centre of Moghul traditional culture, Hyderabad, where he moved in musical circles and wrote his final book on music, explaining his grandfather’s musical style for Urdu readers.
He was introduced at the court of His Exalted Highness Nizam Mahbub Ali Khan. When the ruler of Hyderabad asked about his music, Inayat Khan replied that his music is his religion, because sound is mysterious, and knowledge of sound through music reveals the secrets of the universe. His thought is music, his feeling is music, his emotion creates beauty which leads to ‘the harmony which unites souls in God.’
In Hyderabad, he met his teacher of Arabic and Persian literature, Maulana Hashimi, who saw in him a mystic developing into a Sufi Pir, a religious master. In the Sufi tradition, a spiritual guide or Murshid is required to bring a disciple to initiation into the mystical order as a follower of the Sufi path to God. For Inayat Khan, the Murshid he met in Hyderabad, Syed Muhammad Hashim Madani, although an Arab by background, came of the specifically Indian order of Chishtiyya Sufis. As with Rumi and his beloved guide and mentor Shams of Tabriz, the relationship of teacher and disciple was devoted and close. The ideal in Sufi teaching is for rapturous study of God through the Murshid, and the songs and poems Inayat Khan wrote in honour of his master testify to ‘the joy and exaltation’ he felt through this relationship until his mentor died in 1908.[i]
According to Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, “Just before Hazrat Sayyid Abu Hashim Madani died … he directed Pir-O-Murshid Inayat Khan, his successor, to go to the West and attune the hearts of the people to the music of the soul. At that time my father was a renowned Indian musician; he gave up a career in music for the sake of the work he had been given to found the Sufi Order in the West.”[ii]
Inayat Khan then left Hyderabad and travelled throughout India, Ceylon and Rangoon, concentrating on perfecting his music and developing the process of the spiritual life, described as annihilation of the ego and resurrection to finding ‘the essence of being’. In 1910, he left the feudal life of India for the United States, accompanied by his brothers and cousins who were his disciples already.
His life as a Sufi in the West was then unusual. In 1912 he travelled widely in Europe and Russia, giving concerts of Indian music and lecturing; he also married an American, Ora Ray Baker (Amina Begum) and the couple eventually had four children. They settled in France, but lived in London throughout World War I, from 1914-1920. It was in London that the Sufi Order was arranged, having a headquarters there where initiates could be trained and lectures, courses, and concerts were given. By this time there were national branches in various countries: in 1920 the headquarters moved to Geneva, while the family moved back to France and lived near Paris.[iii]
Of his four children, his two sons became heads of the Sufi Order in their turn, while one of his daughters, Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan, was a heroine of the French Resistance in WWII. As a British agent, she was a wireless operator in France when she was captured, interrogated by the Gestapo, tortured and executed in Dachau, without giving information to the Germans. She was posthumously awarded the George Cross. [iv] The role of a woman in Mughal nobility was ‘to live her religious faith, and to live and represent, and so perpetuate, her ancestral standards and values’[v] so therefore ‘one could never take a great lady’s name in any personal sense’, as ‘discussing women, and especially high-born ladies, with others, was disrespectful and so, offensive … Divulging one’s actual name, rather than one’s alias, degree or title for public purposes was shocking, breaching accepted conventions. . Even the deliberate shortening of names out of reverence, although grammatically faulty — such as Inayat Khan for Inayat Allah Khan — contained something of that dissimulation of the “real” name’ (even for men). So, the book published about Noorunnisa under the title of her code-name Madeline caused problems for the family. His other daughter Khair-un-Nisa is not written about so and has fulfilled the tradition of Mughal women remaining obscure.
Inayat Khan worked intensively as teacher, lecturer, performer and administrator of the Sufi Order, until his death in 1927 on a return visit to India, where he had visited the most famous Sufi shrine, the tomb of Khwaja Mu’inuddin Chishti, with its serene atmosphere and sacred music. He caught a fatal chill in this place, and died at Delhi 0n 5th February, 1927.[vi]
The beginning of the 20th century brought movements in art, religion, music and philosophy that we are still dealing with today. Inayat Khan shares a birth year with Stravinsky and Joyce. Major events circle around the year 1910, when Inayat Khan was sent to the West. Daighilev’s Ballet Russes performed Stravinsky’s Firebird in the Paris 1910 season, bringing new colour and excitement to the stage. Schonberg produced his Theory of Harmony in that year, and Pierrot Lunaire, with its expressionist Sprechstimme in 1912, and began to explore atonal music. The boy Krishnamurti came to the attention of the Theosophical Society in 1909.
Picasso painted Les Demoiselles d’Avignon in 1907 and 1909-1912 made the break with traditional perspective that would lead to cubism. Matisse in 1907-1913 was exploring his Wild Beast (Fauve) colourism, including orientalism during his time in Algeria 1906. In literature, Joyce began writing Ulysses in 1914. Gertrude Stein was producing experimental writings and stream of consciousness, including automatic writing with William James, who has already described the mystical experience in 1902 in Varieties of Religious Experience.
While James is a pragmatist, who believes that truth is best measured by practical results (a viewpoint particularly appropriate today), Freud went about founding the International Psychoanalytical Movement in 1910. His book on religion, Totem and Taboo, was published in 1913.Wittgenstein was in Cambridge with Bertrand Russell during this period: his notes written during WWI will become the Tractatus, striving for a new understanding of language.
There are many other examples of this extremely fruitful period. New sounds, new sights, new thoughts and understandings are coming into the West, and some of these arise in other cultures: Russia, North Africa, and India.
For Inayat Khan, musicianship early ‘ranked only and uniquely with sainthood and nobility’: it is his ‘specific firm ground from which to move the world.’[vii] There you have his background as a whole: feudal owners of lands, properties, honours, and titles; Sufi mystics; courtly and gentlemanly musicians. The Mughal heritage identified as ‘the highest, most humane mode and standard of life’ or ‘humanity’ for India became through Inayat Khan universalism. Where his grandfather attained princely rank, Inayat Khan reached even higher, becoming a ‘God-realised mystic.’[viii]
https://inayatiorder.org/hazrat-inayat-khan/ (accessed 24 August 2018)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/inayat_khan_noor.shtml (accessed 24 August 2018)
[i] Material in this article from htpps://inayatiorder.org/hazrat-inayat-khan/ (accessed 24 August2018).
[ii] Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Awakening: a Sufi Experience, edited by Pythia Pray. (New York: Tarcher/Putnam, 1999). p.166.
[iii] Material from htps://inayatiorder.org/hazrat-inayat-khan
[iv] Material from http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/inayat_khan_noor.shtml (accessed 24 August 2018)
[v]Shaikh Al-Mahaik Mahmood Khan, ‘ Mawlabakhshi Raijkufu A’lakhandan: The Mawlabakhsh Dynastic Lineage, 1833-1972 ‘in A Pearl in Wine: Essays on the Life, Music and Sufism of Hazrat Inayat Khan, ed. Pirzade Zia Inayat Khan (New Lebanon, Omega, 2001), p. 28, pp 35-36.
[vi] Material from https://inayatiorder.org/hazrat-inayat-khan/
[vii] Ibid, pp. 5-6.
[viii] Ibid, pp. 50-51.