David Farrer

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Ralph David Farrer (born May 1944[1]) is an Anglican bishop. Formerly the Bishop of Wangaratta in the Anglican Church of Australia, he is currently a vicar in the Church of England.[2]


Farrer was born in Surrey, England and moved to Melbourne, Australia with his family at a young age.[2] After high school at Mentone Grammar School, he attended a horticultural college in Melbourne, completing his apprenticeship as a horticulturalist before beginning training for the ordained ministry in Adelaide in 1964.[2]


Farrer was ordained a priest in 1969 and served in several parishes, as a canon of St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, the Archdeacon of La Trobe and later as the Archdeacon of Melbourne and chaplain to the Parliament of Victoria.[2]

Farrer's commitment to community work in Australia earned him the title of Citizen of the Year in Brunswick in 1983 "for work with the unemployed and homeless" and Commander of Merit with the Order of St Lazarus in 1994, for launching a street ministry initiative, the Lazarus Centre, in Melbourne.

Farrer was ordained to the episcopate in 1998 at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne and then enthroned as Bishop of Wangaratta at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Wangaratta, a rural diocese in Victoria. During his time in Wangaratta he helped to establish four low-fee Anglican schools in the diocese.[citation needed]

In 2008 Farrer was appointed vicar of the combined parishes of St Nicholas' Church, Arundel and St Leonard's Church, South Stoke, West Sussex and as an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Chichester in England.[3] He is married to Helen Farrer.[4]


  1. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8[unreliable source?]
  2. ^ a b c d Biographical details
  3. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 (100th edition), Church House Publishing (ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0).
  4. ^ Anglican Communion Directory, March 2000
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Paul Richardson
Bishop of Wangaratta
Succeeded by
John Parkes