Anglican Diocese of Grafton, New South Wales

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Anglican Diocese of Grafton, New South Wales

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Formerly Anglican Church Diocese of Grafton


  • Religious

Contact area


Diocesan Archivist



Street address

50 Victoria Street, Grafton
Postal address: The Diocesan Archivist, PO Box 4 Grafton NSW 2460




New South Wales

Country name

Postal code



02 6642 4122



Description area


The Anglican Church has been present since 1824 in what is now the Diocese of Grafton, which covers the northern rivers region of New South Wales. In that year the first Chaplain, the Reverend Thomas Hassall, was appointed to the Penal Station at Port Macquarie.

By 1842 William Grant Broughton was Bishop of Australia and in that year he sent the first Anglican minister to Grafton.

From 1847 William Tyrell, as Bishop of Newcastle, led the Anglican Church from the Hawkesbury to Mackay, continually riding over this vast area on horseback.

In 1869, Tyrell as Bishop of Newcastle formally ceded the northern part of his diocese to be the new diocese. Turner was installed as Bishop of the Diocese of Grafton and Armidale in September 1869, remaining till 1892.

For further information about the history of the diocese, see

Geographical and cultural context

The Diocese of Grafton is one of the 23 dioceses of the Anglican Church of Australia. The Diocese of Grafton covers a diverse region of outstanding beauty on the north coast of New South Wales with 28 parishes conducting local ministry from Tweed Heads in the north to Port Macquarie in the south and with the Cathedral city of Grafton at its centre. Other major population centres of our diocese are Lismore, Ballina, Coffs Harbour and Kempsey.

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Officer-in-charge: Diocesan Archivist

Records management and collecting policies

The Anglican Diocese of Grafton Records Centre holds records of the Diocese of Grafton and Anglican parishes on the north coast between Port Macquarie and Tweed Heads.



Quantity: 100 m + 60 reels of microfilm, audio-cassettes, video-cassettes

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

Access by appointment only. Contact the Diocesan Archivist directly.

Access conditions and requirements

Requests for certified details of baptisms, confirmations, marriages and burials should be mailed to Archivist.


The Records Centre is on ground floor accessible to wheelchairs.

Services area

Research services

Reproduction services

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 5 June 2018




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Religion (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

50 Victoria Street, Grafton Postal address: The Diocesan Archivist, PO Box 4 Grafton NSW 2460
Grafton, New South Wales 2460