John Wallis Foundation

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Spirituality in a Secular Society

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On June 11 2013, Martin Flanagan delivered the Melbourne John Wallis Memorial Lecture 2013.  

 Martin Flanagan delivering the John Wallis Memorial Lecture

Martin Flanagan delivering the John Wallis Memorial Lecture

As people gathered in the Madeleine Centre, Genezzano FCJ College in Kew, Melbourne, there was a happy hubbub of anticipation.    Martin Flanagan is well known in Melbourne.   Journalist and author with a wide range of experience, he writes regularly for The Age on sport, Australian culture and the relationship between black and white Australia.   Martin is a born story-teller.   In his address he shared stories from his own life, and through them reflected on the Australian story and culture. Click here for the full story. 

Download Martin's full talk here:  Spirituality in a Secular Society


John Wallis Memorial Lectures Put New Heart into Audiences    

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Fr Max Vodola


November 26, 2012 

A spirit of celebration pervaded the venues as people gathered for the John Wallis Memorial Lecture at the Emmanuel Centre in Launceston October 22 and the following night at Guilford Young College in Hobart.   The Lectures were given by Dr Max Vodola, parish priest of Flemington (Vic), who specialises in the history of Vatican Council II. Click the links for the full text of the lectures.

Max Vodola In the Vanguard…..

Max Vodola The Council that Changed our Lives


The Foundation’s First Two Years – a great achievement

  Faces of people at JWF Community Events

Faces of people at JWF Community Events

November 23, 2012 

At its first AGM, Chris Smith, Chair of the John Wallis Foundation Board, presented a report, sketching the Foundation’s work from its beginning two years ago. To read an illustrated version of the report, click here

JWF Annual Report 2012.



John Wallis Foundation Sponsors its First Project

December 24, 2011 


"The books of the Bible have come to life for me…”   This was the response of one of the participants in a series of three evenings on “Understanding the Bible”, presented by Father Peter Schultz of Toowoomba.   The series was held in the communities of Miles, Wandoan and Taroom.  It was the first project sponsored by the John Wallis Foundation.  Click here for the Full Story 

John Wallis Foundation sponsors Larry Edwards events in Queensland

July 19, 2012 

Q. How long does it take to grow a tree, a kangaroo or a child? 

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Larry Edwards

A. 13.75 billion years!  As long as it takes to grow the Universe.

This was the theme of several events sponsored by the John Wallis Foundation in partnership with other bodies. The evening of 5 June 2012, Larry Edwards presented the John Wallis Memorial Lecture in Toowoomba (Q).  The morning of that day, he presented a workshop.   On 6 June Larry presented a twilight workshop in Brisbane.  See Full Story

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