Diocese of North Queensland

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St James Church, c.1875

The Anglican Diocese of North Queensland in Australia extends from Sarina in central Queensland to the Torres Strait Islands in the north and Mount Isa in the west. There are 57 parishes in the diocese,

The cathedral church of the diocese is the Cathedral of St James, Townsville, Queensland. The diocese also owns and operates St Mark's College, a residential college for men and women at James Cook University, Townsville.

The current Bishop of North Queensland is the Right Reverend Bill Ray. The assistant bishop is the Right Reverend Saibo Mabo (Bishop with Special Responsibility to the Torres Strait Islander People).

Early history of the diocese[edit]

Prior to the establishment of the Diocese of North Queensland, the Anglican Diocese of Sydney had responsibility for all areas of Australia outside of a diocese.

The Anglican Church commenced its ministry in the region in 1870 with the arrival in Townsville of the Revd James Adams, newly graduated from Moore Theological College in Sydney.[1] As there were no church building in Townsville, services were conducted in the Townsville Court House until Adams could arrange for a church to be constructed.[2]

The Diocese of North Queensland was established in 1879 from that part of the Diocese of Sydney lying north of 22°S latitude in the State of Queensland. In 1900 the Diocese of Carpentaria was formed from part of the northern area of the diocese, but in 1996 this action was reversed.[3]


  1. ^ "Cleveland Bay.". The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939) (Brisbane, Qld.: National Library of Australia). 2 July 1870. p. 10. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Anglican Church.". Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 - 1954) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 23 November 1936. p. 10. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Anglican Diocese of North Queensland". Retrieved 2012-12-30. 

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Coordinates: 19°15′21.76″S 146°48′59.07″E / 19.2560444°S 146.8164083°E / -19.2560444; 146.8164083