Anglican Diocese of Perth

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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 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.

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 2005 Peter Carnley Elected Primate of Australia in 2000.
2005 present Roger Herft Previously Bishop of Waikato and then of Newcastle.

Assistant bishops[edit]

Assistant bishops of Perth
From Until Incumbent Notes
1957 1963 Robert Freeth, Assistant Bishop of Perth [1]
1964 aft. 1977 Brian Macdonald, bishop coadjutor [2] Thomas Brian Macdonald; previously Dean of Perth (1959–1964).[3]
1978 1999 Michael Challen, Assistant Bishop of Perth [4] Previously archdeacon.
c. 1982 present? Brian Kyme, Assistant Bishop of Perth [5]
c. 1990s Ben Wright, Assistant Bishop of Perth, Goldfields Country Region [6]
1998[7] 2005[8] Brian Farran, Assistant Bishop of Perth, Goldfields Country Region Became Bishop of the Northern Region;[9] translated to Newcastle.
bef. 1998 c. 2005 David Murray, Bishop of the Southern Region[10]
c. 2000 Gerald Beaumont, Assistant Bishop of Perth, Goldfields Country Region [11]
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 [12] Became Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne
2008 present Kay Goldsworthy, Assistant Bishop of Perth

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Freeth Family – Robert Evelyn Freeth
  2. ^ Presidential Address to the Second General Synod, 1966
  3. ^ Library of West Australian History – Perth Cathedral
  4. ^ Michael Challen biography
  5. ^ Anglican Diocese of Bunbury – John Ramsdon (contemporary of ++Peter Perth, +Michael Challen and +Gerald NW Australia)
  6. ^ Bidding farewell to Bishop Ben
  7. ^ Northern Region – Bishop
  8. ^ Newcastle Anglican – Bishop Brian
  9. ^ Letter from Australia – Yesterday's Men
  10. ^ Anglican Religious Communities – Organisations
  11. ^ Communion Directory, 8 March 2000
  12. ^ Bishop to lead Melbourne Cathedral

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Coordinates: 31°57′20.51″S 115°51′40.31″E / 31.9556972°S 115.8611972°E / -31.9556972; 115.8611972