John Fisher – 8 July 2017

Feast day 6th July

His Eminence Saint John Fisher Cardinal and Bishop of Rochester John Fisher by Hans Holbein the Younger
Diocese Rochester
See Rochester
Appointed 14 October 1504
Installed 24 April 1505
Term ended 2 January 1535
Predecessor Richard FitzJames
Successor Nicholas Heath
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of San Vitale
Ordination 17 December 1491
by Thomas Rotherham
Consecration 24 November 1504
by William Warham
Created Cardinal 21 May 1535
Rank Bishop, Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Born c. 19 October 1469[1]
BeverleyYorkshireKingdom of England
Died 22 June 1535 (aged 65)
Tower HillLondon, Kingdom of England
Denomination Roman Catholic
Motto faciam vos fieri piscatores hominum
Coat of arms
Feast day
Venerated in Catholic ChurchChurch of England, some of the other Churches in the Anglican Communion
Title as Saint Bishop, cardinal and martyr
Beatified 29 December 1886
Rome, Kingdom of Italy,
by Pope Leo XIII
Canonized 19 May 1935
Vatican City,
by Pope Pius XI
Patronage Diocese of Rochester
Styles of John Fisher
Coat of arms of Saint John Fisher.svg
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal


Fisher, John (1910–1960)

by Amirah Inglis

This article was published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 14, (MUP), 1996

John Fisher (1910-1960), journalist, was born on 7 June 1910 in South Melbourne, fifth of six children of Scottish-born Andrew Fisher, prime minister, and his wife Margaret Jane, née Irvine, from Queensland. The family moved to London in 1915. Apart from one year in a state school at St Kilda when the Fishers revisited Melbourne in 1921, John was educated in England, from 1922 to 1929 at Merchant Taylors’ School, London. Having travelled in Europe, in 1930 he returned to Melbourne where (Sir) Keith Murdoch gave him a cadetship on the Herald.

In 1934 Fisher’s life was transformed by the arrival in Australia of Egon Erwin Kisch, a Czechoslovakian communist who had been invited as a star delegate to the All-Australia Congress of the Movement Against War and Fascism, to be held in Melbourne in November. The Federal government prohibited Kisch from landing and the case became a causecélèbre. [As publicity manager of the Kisch reception committee ]


Source: – Australian Dictionary of Biography

Select Bibliography
  • Worker’s Weekly, Mar, Apr 1939
  • Tribune (Sydney), 1 Sept 1939, 8 Sept 1939-Apr 1940
  • A989, item 1943/845/10/2, A472/1, item W16406, A1066/1, item PI45/226, A1068/1, item IC47/22/18/1 and A1838/261, item 2154/1/14 (National Archives of Australia)
  • W. Powell, draft and notes for B.A. Hons thesis on John Fisher, University of Sydney, c1984 (copy held by author)
  • private information.
Citation: Amirah Inglis, ‘Fisher, John (1910–1960)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1996, accessed online 8 July 2017.
This article was first published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 14, (MUP), 1996

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