Anglican Diocese of Perth

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Anglican Diocese of Perth.png
Ecclesiastical provinceWestern Australia
Established11 January 1856 (1856-01-11)
CathedralSt George's Cathedral, Perth
Current leadership
Parent churchAnglican Church of Australia
Diocese of Perth

The Anglican Diocese of Perth is one of the 23 dioceses of the Anglican Church of Australia. The constitution of the Diocese of Perth was passed and adopted in 1872 at the first synod held in Western Australia. In 1914, the Province of Western Australia was created and the diocesan bishop of Perth became ex officio metropolitan bishop of the new province and therefore also an archbishop. The diocese incorporates the southern part of the state of Western Australia and includes the Christmas and Cocos Islands. The other dioceses in the Anglican Province of Western Australia are the Diocese of Bunbury and the Diocese of North West Australia.

The diocese has traditionally had a variety of churchmanship and in recent years has largely moved toward a more liberal and moderate Catholic style. There are, however, parishes and clergy representative of all the main Anglican traditions. On 10 February 2018, Kay Goldsworthy became the first female archbishop in the Anglican Communion on her installation to the archdiocese.

Administrative history[edit]

The Perth diocese, like all Australian dioceses, has had administrative procedures dealt with by the diocesan trustees. A range of other sub-committees of the diocese handle broader issues. The trustees were known in earlier times as the Trustees of Church Property.[1]

The relationship of the church and government is not just from the proximity of the cathedral to government house. The land ownership and provision of favourable conditions for the diocese has occurred since establishment of the colony.[2] The Diocesan Trustees and Diocesan Council are regularly observed to deal with significant land and building projects in the history of Perth.[3]


As a more liberal diocese, the region voted to recognise same-gender relationships in 2013.[4] While Archbishop Roger Herft vetoed the motion, he did say that "what we have in the Diocese of course is a number of people in same-sex relationships amongst the clergy and amongst the laity and we have always said that people of all forms of sexuality and orientation are welcome."[5] In a statement on human sexuality, Archbishop Herft confirmed that "there are gay and lesbian clergy serving in the priesthood. They are licensed by me and are honoured and respected as priests..."[6] In April 2016, St Andrew's Church within the diocese blessed a same-sex couple's relationship.[7]

The cathedral church of the diocese is St George's Cathedral, Perth.

Bishops and archbishops of Perth[edit]

Bishops of Perth
From Until Incumbent Notes
1857 1875 Mathew Hale Transferred to Brisbane.
1876 1893 Henry Parry Died in office.
1894 1914 Charles Riley Became Archbishop of Perth.
Archbishops of Perth
1914 1929 Charles Riley Previously Bishop of Perth; died in office.
1929 1946 Henry Le Fanu Previously coadjutor bishop in Brisbane; elected Primate of Australia in 1935; died in office.
1947 1962 Robert Moline
1963 1969 George Appleton Transferred to Jerusalem.
1969 1980 Geoffrey Sambell Previously coadjutor bishop in Melbourne; died in office.
1981 2004 Peter Carnley Elected Primate of Australia in 1999.
2005 2017 Roger Herft Previously Bishop of Waikato and then of Newcastle.
2018 present Kay Goldsworthy Previously Assistant Bishop of Perth and then Bishop of Gippsland

Assistant bishops[edit]

Assistant bishops of Perth
From Until Incumbent Notes
1957 1963 Robert Freeth, Assistant Bishop of Perth [8]
1964 aft. 1977 Brian Macdonald, bishop coadjutor [9] Thomas Brian Macdonald; previously Dean of Perth (1959–1961)[10] and Archdeacon of Perth, 1961 to 1967[11]
1978 1999 Michael Challen, Assistant Bishop of Perth [12] Previously archdeacon.
1982 1993 Brian Kyme, Assistant Bishop of Perth [13]
1988 1992 Ben Wright, Assistant Bishop of Perth, Goldfields Country Region [14] Subsequently, Bishop of Bendigo 1992-1993
1998[15] 2005[16] Brian Farran, Assistant Bishop of Perth, Goldfields Country Region Became Bishop of the Northern Region;[17] translated to Newcastle.
1991 2006 David Murray, Bishop of the Southern Region[18]
1998 2003 Gerald Beaumont, Assistant Bishop of Perth, Goldfields Country Region Subsequently, Vicar of St John's, Camberwell, VIC[19]
2004 2006 Tom Wilmot, Assistant Bishop of Perth, Goldfields Country Region Translated between regions.
2007 present Tom Wilmot, Assistant Bishop of Perth, Eastern and Rural Region
2006 2008 Mark Burton, Bishop of the Northern Region [20] Became Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne
2008 2015 Kay Goldsworthy, Assistant Bishop of Perth Became Bishop of Gippsland 2015. Elected Archbishop of Perth August 2017.[21]
2014 current Jeremy James, Assistant Bishop of Perth
2015 current Kate Wilmot, Assistant Bishop of Perth

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Perth Diocesan Synod". The Daily News. III (287). Perth, Western Australia. 18 September 1884. p. 3. Retrieved 18 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "Diocesan Trustees Land Bill". Western Argus. 23, (5066). Western Australia. 10 December 1918. p. 13. Retrieved 18 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ Melville, William Ian; University of Western Australia. Graduate School of Education (2006), An historical analysis of the structures established for the provision of Anglican schools in the diocese of Perth, Western Australia between 1917 and 1992, retrieved 18 March 2017
  4. ^ "Perth Anglicans vote to recognise same-sex relationships". ABC News. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  5. ^ "Archbishop rejects formal recognition of same-sex relationships". ABC News. 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  6. ^ Herft, Roger (October 8, 2010). "Synod Motion - Human Sexuality" (PDF). Anglican Diocese of Perth. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  7. ^ "Anglican priest running LGBTI parish service in Perth". ABC News. 2016-10-08. Retrieved 2016-10-28.
  8. ^ Freeth Family – Robert Evelyn Freeth
  9. ^ Presidential Address to the Second General Synod, 1966 Archived September 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Library of West Australian History – Perth Cathedral
  11. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1980-82 p 636 London: Oxford University Press, 1983 ISBN 0-19-200010-1
  12. ^ Michael Challen biography
  13. ^ Anglican Diocese of Bunbury – John Ramsdon Archived August 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine (contemporary of ++Peter Perth, +Michael Challen and +Gerald NW Australia)
  14. ^ Bidding farewell to Bishop Ben Archived March 23, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Northern Region – Bishop Archived March 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Newcastle Anglican – Bishop Brian Archived October 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Letter from Australia – Yesterday's Men
  18. ^ Anglican Religious Communities – Organisations
  19. ^ The Australian Anglican Directory
  20. ^ Bishop to lead Melbourne Cathedral
  21. ^

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