The Price of a Wife: the priest and the divorce trial


Author: Anne E. Cunningham Published:2013, pp.173 ISBN: 97809 8033 5491

The Price of a Wife delves into the sectarian tensions surrounding Catholicism in 1900 and in so doing unearths the culture of a cover up that still pervades the Church.
In December 1900, Fr Denis O’Haran, private secretary to Australia’s first Cardinal, Patrick Moran, became entangled in a bitter divorce trial. Australian cricketer, Arthur Coningham accused the priest of having an affair with his wife, Alice and demanded £5000 compensation for losses of his conjugal rights. Indeed, what price a wife?

About the author
Anne Cunningham, born and raised in Ireland and completed her PhD at Macquarie University and holds an Honorary Fellowship from the Australian Catholic University. She is an expert on mid-nineteenth and early twentieth-century Catholic Church history in New South Wales. Her first book, The Rome Connection: Ireland, Australia and the Empire 1865-1885, examines the relationship between the Catholic Church of New South Wales and the Roman curia in the 1860s. Dr Cunningham is regularly asked to lecture on her knowledge of the Church as an institution.

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Review in Tintean, February 2014

Anne Cunningham with Richard O’Brien, former Irish Ambassador to Australia, University of New South Wales
Dr Anne Cunningham
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Weight 345 g
Dimensions 15 x 22.5 x 1 cm