Alf Schmude

Alf Schmude (1907-1977) was an early member of the Campion Society in Albury in the 1930s.  Born in Rutherglen, Victoria, he was educated at Assumption College, Kilmore.

He later became an accountant and moved to Sydney following wartime service in the Solomon Islands.  Inspired by the Campion Society’s interest in G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Christopher Dawson and other figures of the English Catholic intellectual renaissance, he became an occasional writer of fiction, chiefly short stories, and feature articles, which appeared in Australian Catholic journals and newspapers.

He and his wife Tess were the parents of Karl Schmude, a co-founder of Campion College and President of the Australian Chesterton Society. 

(Information and photos courtesy of Karl Schmude)

Young Alf Schmude
Young Alf high-jumping at a sporting event
In his library
Alf Schmude with his son, Karl