Anglican Diocese of Rockhampton
The Anglican Diocese of Rockhampton is a diocese in the Province of Queensland and one of the 23 dioceses of the Anglican Church of Australia. The diocese covers an area of approximately 57 million hectares, roughly twice the size of New Zealand and four times the size of England and Wales. The diocese contains nearly the whole central regions of Queensland. The population of the diocese is 216,000 of whom approximately 48,000 indicate that they are Anglicans. The diocese has 20 parishes and ministry districts, with the largest parish bigger than the State of Victoria. The cathedral church of the diocese is St Paul's Cathedral in Rockhampton. The most recent Bishop of Rockhampton was the Right Reverend Godfrey Fryar who retired in December 2013.
The Diocese of Rockhampton traces its history unbroken through the beginnings of the Anglican Church in Australia back to the establishment of Christianity in England in the first and second centuries. The Rockhampton diocese was formed in 1892 from the Diocese of Brisbane and its first bishop was Bishop Nathaniel Dawes. The diocese celebrated its centenary in 1992.
The diocese reaches across central Queensland, between the Diocese of Brisbane to the south and the Diocese of North Queensland to the north. It stretches from the east coast of Australia to the Northern Territory border, with its northern border being a straight line just north of the town of Moranbah and its southern region including the localities of Boyne Island, Biloela, Moura, Tambo and Blackall. Named after its main city of Rockhampton the tiocese also includes the cities and towns of Gladstone, Yeppoon, Gracemere, Mt Morgan, Middlemount, Dysart, Blackwater, Springsure, Emerald, Clermont, Barcaldine, Longreach, Winton, Bedourie and Boulia.
Bishops of Rockhampton
|First Bishop||1892–1908||Nathaniel Dawes|
|Second Bishop||1909–1920||George Halford|
|Third Bishop||1921–1927||Philip Crick||translated to Bishop of Ballarat|
|Fourth Bishop||1928–1946||Fortesque Ash|
|Fifth Bishop||1947–1958||James Alan George Housden||translated to Newcastle, 1958|
|Sixth Bishop||1959–1963||Theodore McCall||translated to Wangaratta, 1965|
|Seventh Bishop||1964–1971||Donald Shearman||later Bishop of Grafton|
|Eighth Bishop||1971–1980||John Grindrod||translated from Riverina. Translated to Anglican Diocese of Brisbane, 1980|
|Ninth Bishop||1981–1996||George Arthur Hearn|
|Tenth Bishop||1996–2003||Ronald Stone|
|Eleventh Bishop||2003 - 2013||Godfrey Fryar||previously Dean of Goulburn|
Most recent bishop
Godfrey Fryar was ordained as a deacon in 1973 and as priest in 1974. He was ordained as a bishop in 1998 as an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn. He served in the parishes of Longreach, Cunnamulla, Quilpie, Dawson Valley, North Rockhampton, North Mackay and Stafford. He was the Dean of the Canberra and Goulburn diocese and the regional bishop of Wagga Wagga and the diocese's vicar-general. He was enthroned as the Bishop of Rockhampton in St Paul's Cathedral on 13 December 2003 and laid up his staff on 13 December 2013.
Chaplaincies: hospital, correctional centre, police, Mission to Seafarers
Aboriginal and Islander Anglican Ministry: Woorabinda, Murri Wodja
Anglican Regional Ministry
- Diocese of Rockhampton website.
- The Australian Anglican Directory 2009, p. 5.
- Diocese of Rockhampton Year Book 2009-2010, p. 3.
- The Australian Anglican Directory 2009, p. 216.