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Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn

St Saviour's Cathedral, Goulburn

The Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn is one of the 23 dioceses of the Anglican Church of Australia. The diocese has 60 parishes covering most of south-east New South Wales, the eastern Riverina and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). It stretches from Marulan in the north, from Batemans Bay to Eden on the south coast across to Holbrook in the south-west, north to Wagga Wagga, Temora, Young and Goulburn.

The Diocese of Goulburn was established in 1863. At that time it extended to the south and west of Goulburn to the south-western corner of New South Wales (south of the 34th degree of latitude). In 1883 the diocese was divided, with the western portion designated as the major part of the newly created Diocese of Riverina. In 1950 the name was changed to the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn. St Saviour's Cathedral, the mother church of the diocese, is located in Goulburn, New South Wales. Both the diocesan bishop and the diocesan office are located in Canberra, Australia's national capital, which is 87 kilometres to the south of Goulburn.


  • Current bishops 1
  • List of diocesan bishops 2
  • References 3
  • Sources and external links 4

Current bishops

The diocesan bishop is Stuart Robinson, who was elected 10th bishop of the diocese on 2 November 2008. He was consecrated and enthroned at St Saviour's Cathedral, Goulburn on 31 January 2009.[1] Trevor Edwards (bishop) was consecrated assistant bishop on 12 June 2004.[2]

The consecration of Genieve Blackwell, formerly the Archdeacon for Goulburn and Rural Ministry, as part-time assistant bishop for the region of Wagga Wagga, the North-West and South-West (also becoming the Archdeacon of Wagga Wagga) and Ian Lambert, formerly the Archdeacon for the South Coast and Monaro, as part-time assistant bishop for the region of the Coast, Southern Monaro and the Snowy (also remaining as archdeacon) took place at St Saviour’s Cathedral, Goulburn on 31 March 2012.[3][4][5] The then Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, who would normally be expected to consecrate the new bishops, asked the Bishop of Newcastle, Brian Farran, to take his place because Jensen opposes the ordination of women.[6] Blackwell became the third woman Anglican bishop in Australia and the 31st in the world.[6]

List of diocesan bishops

Bishops of Goulburn
From Until Incumbent Notes
1863 1892 Mesac Thomas Died in office.
1892 1901 William Chalmers Died in office.
1902 1915 Christopher Barlow Translated from North Queensland; retired.
1915 1933 Lewis Radford Retired.
1934 1950 Ernest Burgmann Became Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn.
Bishops of Canberra and Goulburn
1950 1960 Ernest Burgmann Previously Bishop of Goulburn; retired.
1961 1971 Kenneth Clements Translated from Grafton; retired.
1972 1983 Cecil Warren Previously assistant bishop in the diocese; retired.
1983 1993 Owen Dowling Previously assistant bishop in the diocese; retired.
1993 2008 George Browning Previously assistant bishop for coastal Brisbane; retired.
2009 present Stuart Robinson Elected 1 November 2008; consecrated and enthroned 31 January 2009.


  1. ^ Bishop Stuart Robinson
  2. ^ "Bishop Trevor Edwards". Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn. 
  3. ^ Anglican Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn – Assistant Bishops
  4. ^ Byrne, Elizabeth (31 March 2012). "Bishops Genieve Blackwell has become NSW's first female Anglican bishop". ABC News. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Byrne, Elizabeth (1 April 2012). "NSW's first female Anglican bishop appointed". ABC News. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Brown, Malcolm. "Jensen begs off as deputy consecrates woman bishop". THe Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 

Sources and external links

  • Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn website
  • A church for a nation: a history of the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, by Tom Frame. Alexandria: Hale and Iremonger, 2000 ISBN 0-86806-695-8

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