David Mulready

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David Mulready
Bishop of North West Australia
Church Anglican Church of Australia
Diocese North West Australia
In office 2003–2011
Predecessor Anthony Nichols
Successor Gary Nelson
Consecration 1 February 2004
Personal details
Born (1947-09-19) 19 September 1947 (age 69)
Sydney, Australia
Previous post Rector of St John's, Parramatta

David Gray Mulready (born 19 September 1947) is the immediate past bishop of the Anglican Diocese of North West Australia, the largest diocese in geographical size in the Anglican Communion, covering approximately a quarter of the Australian continent.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mulready was born in Sydney, the son of Norman Benson Mulready and Edna Faith Osborne. He grew up on the Northern Beaches in Curl Curl, New South Wales and attended Newington College (1960–1964).[2] He became an airline trainee with Qantas before studying at Moore Theological College[3] and the Melbourne College of Divinity. He holds a Licenciate of Theology and a Diploma of Religious Education.


Mulready was Rector of St Stephen's Church, Penrith, from 1993 to 2000

Mulready's ordained ministry began in the Diocese of Sydney and he then served 15 years in the Diocese of Armidale. He worked in rural parish ministry in New South Wales and was posted to Tambar Springs (1974–1977), Walgett (1977–1981), Manilla (1981–1985) and Gunnedah (1985–1989). Mulready was the NSW State Secretary of the Bush Church Aid Society from 1989, after which he moved St Stephen's Church, Penrith (1993–2000). He then served as Rector of St John's, Parramatta (2000–2004) until he was elected Bishop of North-West Australia. Mulready was consecrated as bishop in February 2004.[4] He retired in 2011.

Family life[edit]

Mulready married Maureen Jane Lawrie in 1972 and is the father of two adult sons and a daughter.


  1. ^ Sydney Anglican Network
  2. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863-1998 (Syd, 1999) pp141
  3. ^ SMH - Shepherd to the great outdoors
  4. ^ Who's Who in Australia (Crown Content Melb, 2007) pp 1495: Mulready, David Gray (1947 - )
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Tony Nichols
Bishop of North West Australia
Succeeded by
Gary Nelson