Anglican Diocese of North West Australia

The Anglican Diocese of North West Australia is a diocese of the Anglican Church of Australia. The diocese covering 2 million km² of Western Australia, north of Perth, is geographically the largest Anglican diocese in Australia and the largest land-based diocese in the world. The population of the area of about 150,000 people.[1]

Diocese of North West Australia
Coat of arms of the Diocese
Coat of arms
Ecclesiastical provinceWestern Australia
MetropolitanArchbishop of Perth
  • 101 Cathedral Avenue
  • Geraldton WA 6530
Established1910 (1910)
CathedralCathedral of the Holy Cross, Geraldton
Current leadership
Parent churchAnglican Church of Australia
  • Peter Grice
  • (since 2015)
Anglican Diocese of North West Australia

The diocese has 18 parishes and three Mission to Seafarers’ ministries and the cathedral church of the diocese is the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Geraldton.


Diocesan logo

The Diocese of North West Australia is noted for its low church Evangelical stance and no women serve as priests.[2]


The Diocese of Perth was established in 1857, but the Diocese of Northern Australia (which became known by the present name in 1961)[3] was not brought into existence until 1910.[4] Broome was the original the seat of the Diocese, from 1910 to 1965, with the Church of the Annunciation the pro-cathedral.[5]


The cathedral church of the diocese is the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, located in Cathedral Avenue Geraldton, Western Australia.[6]

The cathedral building was built in 1964 to a design by architects McDonald and Whitaker. The brick modernist style building has a star shaped footprint and is said to resemble Coventry Cathedral in England.[7][8] Internally the cathedral has extensive stained glass and an organ built by Allen Organ Company.[9]

List of bishopsEdit

Assistant bishopsEdit

Bernard Buckland was Regional Bishop for The Kimberleys[10] (assistant bishop) until his retirement on 14 March 1997.[11]


Due to the fluid nature of our region, we’re proud to be a ‘missionary’ diocese. We journey with everyone who comes and goes as part of work or tourism, and see a congregation turnover rate of around 100% every two years. Our region is dependent on support by individuals, parishes, dioceses, and Christian organisations across Australia who are committed to gospel ministry in small, remote, and isolated towns and communities in North West Australia.[3]

Anglican realignmentEdit

The Diocese of North West Australia was the second in the Anglican Church of Australia, after the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, to recognize the Anglican Church in North America as a "member church of the Anglican Communion, in full communion with Diocese of North West Australia", according to a motion passed in October 2014.[12]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Diocese of Northwest Australia
  2. ^ Angela Grutzner, The Australian Anglican Directory (Melbourne: Publishing Solutions, 2009): 13.
  3. ^ Diocese of North West Australia Act 1961
  4. ^ Bruce Kaye, A Church without Walls: being Anglican in Australia (Melbourne: Harper Collins, 1995): 43.
  5. ^ "Anglican Church of the Annunciation" (PDF). Municipal Inventory of Heritage Places 2019. Shire of Broome. pp. 58–59. Archived from the original on 21 January 2020. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  6. ^ Downes, Joan, ‘‘The Cathedral Church of the Holy Cross, Geraldton, Western Australia.’’
  7. ^ Tourism Western Australia, Cathedral of The Holy Cross Archived 3 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Australian Anglican Historical Images Archived 28 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Allen’s Organs in WA
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ Diocese of NW Australia recognizes ACNA as "a member church of the Anglican Communion", Anglican Church League Website, 5 October 2014

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Coordinates: 28°46′44.31″S 114°36′52.57″E / 28.7789750°S 114.6146028°E / -28.7789750; 114.6146028