Joseph John Booth (1886 – 1965) was the 7th Archbishop of Melbourne. Born on 26 May 1886 and educated at the University of Melbourne he was ordained priest in 1914. His first post was as a Chaplain to the Forces during The Great War. When peace came he became Vicar of Fairfield, Victoria followed by a period as Archdeacon of Dandenong. From there he rose rapidly in the church hierarchy becoming Coadjutor bishop of Melbourne (taking the courtesy title of Bishop of Geelong) and often deputised for the Archbishop. Booth finally acceded to the Melbourne See in 1942. Further wartime service with the Allied Invasion Forces provided an unusual start to an Episcopate although the last decade of his service was somewhat less eventful. He retired in 1956, and died on 30 October 1965.
- ^ "Who was Who" 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
- ^ The Times, Friday, 14 Sep 1934; pg. 11; Issue 46859; col B New Coadjutor Bishop of Melbourne
- ^ The Times, Saturday, 4 May 1935; pg. 10; Issue 47055; col G Bishop of Geelong to deputise for Archbishop of Melbourne
- ^ The Times, Monday, 1 Nov 1965; pg. 12; Issue 56467; col G Most Rev. J. J. Booth
- ^ Booth was Deputy Assistant Chaplain-General "Who's Who"(Ibid)