The Church of England in Australia was established in 1788 at Sydney Cove. In 1842, the Diocese of Tasmania was created. After its arrival in Tasmania, the Church of England was either closely involved in or ran institutions for children and single mothers. In 1981, it became the Anglican Church of Australia.
The Church of England in Australia was established in 1788 at Sydney Cove following colonial settlement there. In 1842, the Diocese of Tasmania was created. Three years later, the rest of Australia was divided into four separate dioceses of Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide, and Melbourne.
Members of the Church worked closely with the government to run the Queen's Orphan Asylum. In addition, the Church managed the Home of Mercy, Hope Cottage, Clarendon Children's Home, and Roland Boys' Home. From 1881, in conjunction with the state government, it ran the Cape Barren Island Reserve.
1788 - 1981 The Church of England in Australia and Tasmania
1981 - The Anglican Church of Australia
Sources used to compile this entry: Boyce, James, God's own country?: the Anglican Church and Tasmanian Aborigines, Social Action and Research Centre, Anglicare Tasmania, Hobart, 2001, 115 pp; Boyce, James, For the record: background information on the work of the Anglican Church with Aboriginal children and directory of Anglican agencies providing residential care to children from 1830 to 1980, Anglicare Australia, Melbourne, 2003; Boyce, Peter, 'Anglicanism', in The companion to Tasmanian history, Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies, 2005, http://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/A/Anglicanism.htm; Stephens, Geoffrey, The Anglican Church in Tasmania: a diocesan history to mark the sesquicentenary, 1992, Trustees of the Diocese, Hobart, 1991, 272 pp.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 8 October 2012, Last modified: 18 March 2014