Anglican Diocese of Grafton

For the Catholic church in the area, see Roman Catholic Diocese of Lismore.
Diocese of Grafton
Ecclesiastical province New South Wales
Coordinates 30°S 153°E / 30°S 153°E / -30; 153Coordinates: 30°S 153°E / 30°S 153°E / -30; 153
Parishes 26
Churches 93
Schools 5
Cathedral Cathedral Church of Christ the King
Current leadership
Bishop Bishop of Grafton

The Anglican Diocese of Grafton is one of the 23 dioceses of the Anglican Church of Australia. The diocese is located in north-east New South Wales and covers the area from the Queensland border to Port Macquarie in the south and west to the Great Dividing Range.

Created in 1914 as a result of a division of the previous Diocese of Grafton and Armidale it has 26 parishes, an active environment commission and an Anglicare organisation seeking to support community and social needs within the diocese. The diocesan cathedral church is the Cathedral Church of Christ the King in Grafton.

The Church of St Thomas at Port Macquarie was built by an early Governor of New South Wales, Thomas Brisbane. It is the fifth oldest church building in Australia.

The current Bishop of Grafton is Sarah Macneil who has become the first woman to lead an Australian Diocese as bishop.

The Bishop is based in Grafton.



The cathedral church is Christ Church Cathedral in Grafton which was designed by John Horbury Hunt and commenced in 1884 during the episcopacy of Bishop Turner and completed to its present stage in 1937.[2] The building is of brick construction in a Gothic Revival style with towering arches and ornate stained glass windows. An organ was installed in 1884 by George Fincham of Melbourne which was replaced in 1992 by a 1903 instrument brought from London by Peter D.G. Jewkes Pty Ltd of Sydney.[3]

The cathedral is a National Trust listed building.[4]

Deans of Grafton

Church schools

The diocese also has a number of church-based schools providing education across a range of age groups.

Founded School Enrollment Years Location
1981 Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School 1100 P-12 Tweed Heads
1993 Bishop Druitt College 1192 K-12 Coffs Harbour
1998 Emmanuel Anglican College 388 P-12 Ballina
1998 Clarence Valley Anglican School 297 P-12 Grafton
2002 St Columba Anglican School 680 P-12 Port Macquarie


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