Anglican Diocese of Newcastle (Australia)

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Diocese of Newcastle
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Ecclesiastical provinceNew South Wales
MetropolitanArchbishop of Sydney
Established25 June 1847 (1847-06-25)
CathedralChrist Church Cathedral, Newcastle
Current leadership
Parent churchAnglican Church of Australia
Bishop of Newcastle
Assistant bishopsSonia Roulston (Inland Episcopate, since 2018)
Charlie Murry (Coastal Episcopate, since 2018)
  • Katherine Bowyer
  • (since 2017)
ArchdeaconsArthur Copeman (Archdeacon of Newcastle)
Rod Bower (Archdeacon for Justice Ministries and Chaplaincy)
Diocese of Newcastle

The Anglican Diocese of Newcastle in Australia is a diocese of the Anglican Church of Australia. The diocese is located in the state of New South Wales. It is centred in the city of Newcastle and extends along the state's coast from Woy Woy to Laurieton and inland to Merriwa and Murrurundi.

The diocese was founded from the Diocese of Australia by letters patent of 25 June 1847.[1] The cathedral church of the diocese is Christ Church Cathedral in Newcastle.

The diocesan bishop is the Bishop of Newcastle. On 25 November 2017, Peter Stuart,[2] the assistant bishop at the time, was elected as the diocesan bishop. He was installed at Christ Church Cathedral on 2 February 2018.[3]


Bishops of Newcastle
No From Until Incumbent Notes
1 1847 1879 William Tyrrell[4] Installed 26 January 1848; died in office.
2 1880 1889 Josiah Pearson
3 1890 1905 George Stanton Translated from North Queensland; died in office.
4 1906 1919 Jack Stretch Previously Dean of Ballarat, coadjutor bishop of Brisbane and Dean of Newcastle; died in office.
5 1919 1928 Reginald Stephen Translated from Tasmania.
6 1928 1930 George Long Translated from Bathurst; died in office.
7 1931 1958 De Witt Batty Previously Dean of Brisbane and coadjutor bishop of Brisbane.
8 1958 1972 James Housden Translated from Rockhampton.
9 1973 1977 Ian Shevill Translated from North Queensland.
10 1978 1992 Alfred Holland Previously Assistant Bishop of Perth.
11 1993 2005 Roger Herft AM Translated from Waikato and Taranaki; translated to Perth.
12 2005 2012 Brian Farran Previously Dean of Rockhampton and an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Perth.
13 2013 2017 Greg Thompson Translated from the Northern Territory.
14 2018 present Peter Stuart Previously Assistant Bishop of Newcastle.

Assistant bishops[edit]

Robert Davies was assistant bishop in 1963[6] and became Bishop of Tasmania. Leslie Stibbard was appointed an assistant bishop in 1964,[7] serving for ten years.[6] Geoffrey Parker served 1974–1982 and died on 28 February 1997.[8] Richard Appleby served 1983–1992[6] and became diocesan Bishop of the Northern Territory.

Graeme Rutherford (Graeme Stanley Rutherford) was consecrated a bishop on 4 November 2000[9] and served as assistant bishop for the Central Coast.[10]

Peter Stuart was assistant bishop from 2009 until his 2018 election to the diocesan See, during which time he twice administered the diocese.

On 10 May 2018, Stuart consecrated Sonia Roulston and Charlie Murry as assistant bishops for the Inland and the Coast respectively.[11]


  1. ^ "Diocese of Sydney". New South Wales Government Gazette. New South Wales, Australia. 1 January 1848. p. 2 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ Anglican Communion website
  3. ^ McCarthy, Joanne (28 November 2017). "Newly-elected Newcastle Anglican Bishop Peter Stuart a 'passionate supporter' of women in ministry". The Newcastle Herald.
  4. ^ "Diocese of Newcastle". New South Wales Government Gazette. 26 January 1848. p. 120 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "History of the Diocese". Anglican Diocese of Newcastle (Australia). Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  6. ^ a b c [1]
  7. ^ "Episcopal appointments". Church Times (#5316). 1 January 1965. p. 15. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 4 September 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
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Coordinates: 32°30′S 151°30′E / 32.5°S 151.5°E / -32.5; 151.5