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Anglican Diocese of Armidale
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Ecclesiastical provinceNew South Wales
MetropolitanArchbishop of Sydney
CathedralSt Peter's Cathedral Armidale
Current leadership
BishopRod Chiswell
Logo of the Diocese
Logo of the Diocese

The Anglican Diocese of Armidale is a diocese of the Anglican Church of Australia located in the state of New South Wales. As the Diocese of Grafton and Armidale, it was created (from the Diocese of Newcastle) by letters patent in 1863. When the Anglican Diocese of Grafton was split off in 1914, the remaining portion was renamed Armidale, retaining its legal continuity and its incumbent bishop.[1]

Once relatively Anglo-Catholic in its liturgical and theological leanings, since the mid-20th century the diocese has leant more towards the Diocese of Sydney and its particular form of Evangelical teaching and liturgy. The diocese is theologically conservative and holds to the traditional Anglican beliefs on human sexuality, disapproving same-sex unions.

The diocese includes the regional cities of Tamworth and Armidale and the towns of Glen Innes, Tenterfield, Inverell, Moree, Gunnedah and Narrabri.

On 12 December 2020, the synod of the diocese elected Rod Chiswell, vicar of South Tamworth, as the 8th Bishop of Armidale.[2] Chiswell was installed on 27 February 2021.


The cathedral church of the diocese is St Peter's Cathedral in Armidale. It was consecrated for worship in 1875. The cathedral was designed by the Canadian architect John Horbury Hunt who also designed the University of New England. The foundation stone was laid by James F. Turner, Bishop of Grafton and Armidale.


The Diocese of Armidale has three affiliated independent Anglican schools:

  • The Armidale School (TAS), founded 1894
  • New England Girls' School (NEGS), Armidale, founded 1895
  • Calrossy Anglican School, Tamworth, incorporating Calrossy Anglican School for Girls (founded 1919), William Cowper Anglican Boys High School and William Cowper Primary School

Linked diocese[]

Following a 2004 synod visit by Edward Muhima, Bishop of North Kigezi in Uganda, there has been a forging of a support link between the two dioceses. The Diocese of North Kigezi is in the South West of Uganda, with its office in Rukunjiri.

List of bishops[]

Bishops of Grafton and Armidale
No From Until Incumbent Notes
1867 1868 Collinson Sawyer [3] Drowned in the River Clarence before his enthonement.
1869 1893 James Turner [4]
1894 1901 Arthur Green [5] Translated to Ballarat.
1901 1914 Henry Cooper [6][7]
Bishops of Armidale
1914 1916 Henry Cooper Previously Bishop of Grafton and Armidale.
1916 1929 Wentworth Wentworth-Sheilds
1929 1964 John Moyes
1965 1976 Clive Kerle Previously bishop coadjutor in Sydney since 1956.
1976 1999 Peter Chiswell
2000 2012 Peter Brain
2012 2021 Rick Lewers Consecrated and installed May 2012.
2021 Rod Chiswell Consecrated and installed 27 February 2021.[8]

See also[]

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  • Anglican Pacifist Fellowship
  • Church Missionary Society
  • Anglicare
  • Evangelical Anglicanism
  • Low church
  • Calvinism
  • Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans


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  2. "Rev Rod Chiswell is elected as the new Bishop of the Armidale Diocese", Moree Champion, Australian Community Media, 16 December 2020. 
  3. Appointed First Bishop
  4. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"Turner, James Francis (1829–1893)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Melbourne University Press. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 26 November 2019 – via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.
  5. “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css" />ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  6. Lays foundation stone for the Armidale School Archived March 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  7. Remained in post as Bishop of Armidale.
  8. New Bishop's Consecration and Installation. Anglican Diocese of Armidale (12 January 2021).

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