Anglican Diocese of Grafton

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Diocese of Grafton
Ecclesiastical province New South Wales
Coordinates 30°S 153°E / 30°S 153°E / -30; 153Coordinates: 30°S 153°E / 30°S 153°E / -30; 153
Parishes 26
Churches 93
Schools 5
Cathedral Cathedral Church of Christ the King
Current leadership
Bishop Bishop of Grafton Rt Rev Dr Sarah Macneil

The Anglican Diocese of Grafton is one of the 23 dioceses of the Anglican Church of Australia. The diocese is located in north-east New South Wales and covers the area from the Queensland border to Port Macquarie in the south and west to the Great Dividing Range.

Created in 1914 as a result of a division of the previous Diocese of Grafton and Armidale it has 26 parishes, an active environment commission and an Anglicare organisation seeking to support community and social needs within the diocese. The diocesan cathedral church is the Cathedral Church of Christ the King in Grafton.

The Church of St Thomas at Port Macquarie was built by an early Governor of New South Wales, Thomas Brisbane. It is the fifth oldest church building in Australia.

The current Bishop of Grafton is Sarah Macneil who has become the first woman to lead an Australian Diocese as bishop. Macneil announced her resignation on November 17, 2017, to be effective from March 3, 2018.[1]

The Bishop is based in Grafton.


Bishops of Grafton
From Until Incumbent Notes
1914 1921 Cecil Druitt
1921 1938 John William Ashton
1938 1945 William Henry Webster Stevenson
1946 1955 Christopher Storrs
1956 1961 Kenneth John Clements Translated to Canberra and Goulburn
1961 1973 Gordon Arthur
1973 1985 Donald Shearman Previously Bishop of Rockhampton
1985 1998 Bruce Allen Schultz Previously Dean of Grafton
1998 2003 Philip Huggins
2003 2013 Keith Slater [2]
2014 present Sarah Macneil


The cathedral church is Christ Church Cathedral in Grafton which was designed by John Horbury Hunt and commenced in 1884 during the episcopacy of Bishop Turner and completed to its present stage in 1937.[3] The building is of brick construction in a Gothic Revival style with towering arches and ornate stained glass windows. An organ was installed in 1884 by George Fincham of Melbourne which was replaced in 1992 by a 1903 instrument brought from London by Peter D.G. Jewkes Pty Ltd of Sydney.[4]

The cathedral is a National Trust listed building.[5]

Deans of Grafton[edit]

The following individuals have served as Deans of Grafton:

Ordinal Name Term start Term end Notes
1 Arthur Edward Warr 1949 1965
2 Roderick William Bowie 1966 1968
3 Henry St John Edwards 1969 1978
4 Bruce Allan Schultz 1979 1983 Afterwards Bishop of Grafton, 1985
5 Richard Warwick Hurford 1983 1997 Later Bishop of Bathurst, 2001
6 Peter Charles Catt 1997 2007 Afterwards Dean of Brisbane, 2008
7 Donald Kingsley Kirk 2007 2017

Church schools[edit]

The diocese also has a number of church-based schools providing education across a range of age groups.

Founded School Enrollment Years Location
1981 Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School 1100 P-12 Tweed Heads
1993 Bishop Druitt College 1192 K-12 Coffs Harbour
1998 Emmanuel Anglican College 388 P-12 Ballina
1998 Clarence Valley Anglican School 297 P-12 Grafton
2002 St Columba Anglican School 680 P-12 Port Macquarie


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