Joseph Wilfrid Dwyer

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Joseph Wilfrid Dwyer DD (1869-1939) was an Australian Catholic priest and Bishop of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.

He was born on 12 October 1869, in East Maitland, New South Wales, to William Dwyer, school inspector, and his wife Anastasia Dermody. Both his parents were emigrants from Kilkenny, Ireland. His older brother Patrick Vincent Dwyer was the first Australian-born Bishop.[1]

He was educated at St Aloysius College, Sydney, and St Patrick's College, Goulburn, and as was the policy of Bishop Murray, he studied for the priesthood in Clonliffe College Dublin and in Rome, where in 1894 he was ordained a priest at St. John’s Lateran.[2]

He returned to Australia to become Professor at St. Patrick’s College in Goulburn, New South Wales, where he developed a keen interest in botany.

Joseph Dwyer became the first bishop of Wagga Wagga in 1917 when the diocese was created and was consecrated on 13 October 1918.[3]

He died in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, 11 October 1939.


  1. ^ Patrick Vincent Dwyer & Joseph Wilfrid Dwyer Dictionary of Australian Biography; S. Walsh, Joseph Wilfred Dwyer: First Bishop of the Diocese of Wagga Wagga (1918-1939), Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society, 6 (3) (1980), 12-19
  2. ^ Dwyer, Joseph Wilfrid (1869 – 1939) Biography Australia.
  3. ^ Bishop Joseph Wilfrid Dwyer