conditional religious tolerance

Placing conditions on other people’s beliefs and expecting them to be grateful for our benevolence.  Doesn’t happen today…. does it?

Sydney Gazette – 24 April 1803

SECOND. That the Religious Exercise of their Worship may suffer no hindrance, it is expected that no Seditious Conversations that can any wise injure HIS MAJESTY’s Government, or affect the Tranquillity of this Colony, will ever happen, either at the Places prescribed for their Worship, or Elsewhere . But that they will individually manifest their Gratitude and Allegiance, by exerting themselves in Detecting and Reporting any impropriety, of that or any other nature, that may fall under their observation.

THIRD. As Mr. Dixon will be allowed to perform his Clerical Functions Once in Three Weeks at the Settlements at Sydney, Parramatta, and Hawkesbury, in Rotation, the Magistrates are strictly forbid suffering those Catholics who reside at the places where Service is not performing, from resorting to the Settlement and District at which the Priest officiates for the day.

FOURTH. The Catholic Service will be performed on the appointed Sundays at 9 o’clock in the morning.

FIFTH. No improper behaviour, during the time of Service, is to be allowed by the Priest, who will be responsible to the Magistrates for his Congregation’s going regularly and orderly to their respective homes, after the Offices are ended.

SIXTH. And to the end that strict Decorum may be observed, a certain number of the Police will be stationed at and about the places appointed, during the Service.

SEVENTH. Every Person throughout the Colony will observe, that the Law has sufficiently provided for the Punishment of those who may Disquiet or Disturb any Assembly of Religious Worship whatever, or Misuse any Priest, or Teacher, of any Tolerated Sect.

(Signed) JAMES DIXON. Subscribed before Us, this 19th Day of April, 1803.

RICHARD ATKINS     THOS. JAMISON.


One Comment on “conditional religious tolerance”

  1. Wal Pilz says:

    It is likely that ‘THOS. JAMISON’ was the father of Sir John Jamison.
    My records show a Thomas JAMISON (1753-1811) surgeon of the Royal Navy who arrived in the First Fleet in 1788. After a period in Norfolk Island he became surgeon general of New South Wales in 1801. He was granted 1,000 acres on the Nepean in 1805, where Regentville was built.


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