The Anglican Diocese of Armidale was established in 1914. Previously, it was known as the Diocese of Armidale and Grafton. The Diocese had two children's Homes, run by a committee of management - Ohio Boys' Home and Coventry Home.
In a statement to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2016, Bishop of Armidale Rick Lewers stated that the Diocese of Armidale's first experience with redress occurred in 2003, 'when victims of abuse at the Coventry boys home at Armidale in the 1940s and early 1950s and subsequently at the Ohio boys home at Walcha, also in the early 1950s, began to come forward'.
Sources used to compile this entry: Richard Alexander Lewers, Statement in relation to the Anglican Church and other matters, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, 2016, https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/sites/default/files/STAT.1293.001.0001_R.pdf.
Prepared by: Cate O'Neill
Created: 29 July 2022