Joseph Booth (bishop)

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Joseph John Booth (26 May 1887 – 30 October 1965) was the 7th Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne.

Booth was educated at the University of Melbourne and ordained as a priest in 1914.[1] His first position was as a chaplain to the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force during World War I. When peace came he became vicar of Fairfield, Victoria and later the Archdeacon of Dandenong before becoming a coadjutor bishop in the Melbourne diocese (with the courtesy title of "Bishop of Geelong"[2]) and often deputised for the archbishop, Frederick Waldegrave Head.[3] Booth became the archbishop of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne in 1942.[4] Further wartime service with the Allied Invasion Forces[5] provided an unusual start to an episcopate. He retired in 1957.


  1. ^ "Who was Who" 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  2. ^ The Times, 14 September 1934, p. 11, "New Coadjutor Bishop of Melbourne"
  3. ^ The Times, 4 May 1935, p. 10, "Bishop of Geelong to deputise for Archbishop of Melbourne"
  4. ^ The Times, 1 November 1965, p. 12, "Most Rev. J. J. Booth"
  5. ^ Booth was Deputy Assistant Chaplain-General, Who's Who