Barbara Darling

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Barbara Darling
Church Anglican Church of Australia
Diocese Anglican Diocese of Melbourne
Ordination 13 December 1992
Consecration 31 May 2008
Personal details
Birth name Barbara Brinsley Darling
Born (1947-10-17)17 October 1947
Died 15 February 2015(2015-02-15) (aged 67)
Nationality Australian
Alma mater University of Sydney (BA, DipEd)
University of Melbourne (MA)

Barbara Brinsley Darling (17 October 1947 – 15 February 2015) was an Australian Anglican bishop. She was among the first women to be ordained deacons in the Anglican Church of Australia on 9 February 1986 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1992.[1] She became the first woman to be a bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne.[2]

Darling was born in Burwood, Sydney, as one of three children to Geoff and Honor Darling. In 1975 she began studying theology at Ridley College, Melbourne.[3]

Darling was consecrated to the episcopate at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, on 31 May 2008.[4][5] She was the Bishop for Diocesan Ministries until 2009, when she became the Bishop of the Eastern Region.

Darling died on 15 February 2015 following a stroke.[6] Her funeral was held at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, on 22 February 2015.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "A Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the life and ministry of Bishop Barbara Brinsley Darling" (PDF). St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne. 22 February 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 February 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Porter, Muriel (16 February 2015). "Gracious and gentle pioneer was a role model for Anglican women". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Sydney Morning Herald.
  4. ^ Jane Still (25 April 2008). "First woman bishop appointed in Victoria". Archived from the original on 22 July 2008. 
  5. ^ Roland Ashby (2 June 2008). "Joyful end to a long journey for the Diocese". [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Mannix, Liam (15 February 2015). "Melbourne’s first Anglican female bishop dies". The Age. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 

External links[edit]

  • Barbara Darling in The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in the Twentieth Century