Winston D'Arcy O'Reilly
|Born||24 April 1913
Roseville, New South Wales, Australia
|Died||16 January 2000
Belrose, New South Wales, Australia
|Children||Elizabeth Walker, Robert O'Reilly, Geoffrey O'Reilly|
|Parent(s)||Henry D'Arcy O’Reilly (merchant) and Lillian Edith O’Reilly (nee Brasnett)|
|Relatives||A. Harold Wood (uncle), H. D'Arcy Wood (cousin)|
O'Reilly went to North Sydney Boys High School, leaving at 14 years of age. Returning to Sydney after a trip to Europe, he studied for the Leaving Certificate at night school. He attended Wesley College, University of Sydney, and received a BA (1935) and MA (1937), before training for the Methodist ministry at Leigh College. He later completed a Master of Arts in Christian Education (1962) and MEd (1963).
At 14, O'Reilly started training as carpenter and at 16 travelled to England as companion and carer to a man with a disability. After his ordination he was the minister at a number of Methodist churches throughout New South Wales, later taking positions with the Methodist Conference and Methodist schools and higher education (including Vice Principal of Leigh College, 1949-1959; Principal of Methodist Ladies' College, Burwood, 1960–1965; Connexional Secretary, 1964-1974; Secretary of Conference, 1968; President of Conference, 1969; Secretary General, 1972-1974; President-General, 1975-1977; and.
O'Reilly played a key role in planning for the formation of the Uniting Church in Australia as Planning Officer for Union of Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches (1974-1977), then became the first General Secretary of the Uniting Church in Australia (1977-1979) and second President of the Assembly (1979-1982).
He was married twice, on 23 March 1939 at Roseville, New South Wales to Doreen 'Dorn' Doyle (died 2 December 1974) with three children and in 1976 to Nancye Ruth Haines (died 23 November 2011).
O'Reilly's parents were Henry D'Arcy O’Reilly (merchant, he was a haberdasher near Chatswood Station} and Lillian Edith O’Reilly (née Brasnett). His father was the brother-in-law of A. Harold Wood, whose son, D'Arcy Wood, was the sixth President of the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly.
A daughter and a grandson are Uniting Church ministers.
- Who's Who in Australia 1980 p. 651
- Eric G. Clancy (September 2002). "Methodist Leaders: The Presidents General Of The General Conference Of The Methodist Church Of Australasia, 1902-1977" (PDF). Church Heritage, 12, 4. pp. 224–242. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
- Wood, D'Arcy (3 February 2000). "Winston O'Reilly: Church leader 1913 - 2000". Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney: Fairfax. p. 29. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
|President of the Assembly, Uniting Church in Australia