Regulations as reported in the General Orders
To be observed by the Rev. Mr. Dixon and the Catholic congregations in this
FIRST: They will observance, with all becoming gratitude, that this extension
of liberation toleration proceeds from the Piety and Benevolence of Our Most
Gracious Sovereign, to whom, as well as out Parent Country at Large, we are
(under providence), indebted for the blessings we enjoy.
SECOND. That the religious exercise of their worship may suffer no hindrance,
it is expected that no seditious conversations that can anywise injure His
Majestys 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 exercising
themselves in detecting and reporting any impropriety, or 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 reporting 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 congregations 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
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 or
any Tolerated Sect.
Subscribed before us, this 19th Day of April 1803
Source: Sydney Gazette