List of Ambassadors of Australia to the Holy See
The Australian Ambassador to the Holy See was first appointed in 1973. It has been attached to the office of the Ambassador to the Netherlands, Denmark, Turkey, Ireland, Malta, Sweden and Switzerland, before Tim Fischer was appointed as the first permanent resident ambassador to the Holy See in 2008. In 1986, Sir Peter Lawler had been appointed resident ambassador for four months prior to Pope John Paul II's visit to Australia.
|Ambassador||Start of Term||End of Term||Notes|
|Lloyd Thomson||1973||1974||Ambassador to the Netherlands and Denmark.|
|John McMillan||1974||1978||Ambassador to Turkey and later High Commissioner to Malta.|
|John Mitchell Kirtley||1978||1979||Chargé d'affaires|
|Brian Clarence Hill||1979||1980|
|Lloyd Thomson||1980||1983||Second appointment.|
|Sir Peter Lawler||1983||1986||Ambassador to Ireland. Resident ambassador for four months prior to Pope John Paul II's visit to Australia.|
|Christopher Stephen Knott||1986||1987||Chargé d'affaires|
|Brian Burke||1988||1991||Ambassador to Ireland. Recalled in 1991 to face a royal commission and was eventually jailed.|
|Michael Tate||1993||1996||Ambassador to the Netherlands|
|Edward Stevens||1996||1998||Ambassador to Ireland|
|Bob Halverson||1998||2003||Ambassador to Ireland|
|John Herron||2003||2006||Ambassador to Ireland|
|Anne Plunkett||2006||2008||Ambassador to Ireland|
|Tim Fischer||2008||2012||First permanent resident ambassador|
|John McCarthy||2012||-||Second permanent resident ambassador|
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- Overington, Caroline (22 July 2008). "Politics of the pulpit". The Australian. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
- Address of John Paul II to Lloyd Thomson, Ambassador of Australia accredited to the Holy See
- Address of the Holy Father John Paul II to H.E. Mr Francis Sommerville Milne, Ambassador of Australia to the Holy See
- Ramsey, Alan (20 July 2005). "A role in the fall of a Labor mate conveniently omitted from the eulogies". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
- Address of His Holiness John Paul II to H.E. Mr Terence Barry McCarthy, the new Ambassador of Australia to the Holy See
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