The Church of England arrived in the Colony of New South Wales with the First Fleet in 1788. The official religion of England, it was the most common denomination in Australia until 1986 (when Roman Catholicism took its place). Many institutions for children in New South Wales had close links with the Church of England. The Church of England was renamed the Anglican Church of Australia in 1981.
1788 - 1981 Church of England
1981 - Anglican Church of Australia
Sources used to compile this entry: Annual report of the Home Mission Society of the Diocese of Sydney, Home Mission Society (NSW), 1912-1971; Anderson, Donald George, 'The bishop's society, 1856 to 1958: a history of the Sydney Anglican Home Mission Society', Department of History and Politics, University of Wollongong, PhD thesis, 1990. Also available at http://ro.uow.edu.au/theses/1440/; Annual Report, Church of England Homes, c1908-1984; Church of England Homes (ed.), The Pleader: The organ of the Church of England Homes, 1916-1972, 8 pp; 'The Pulpit: Home Missions', The Sydney Morning Herald, http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/18004930; Sydney Anglicans: Gateway to the Anglican Church in Sydney, Sydney Anglican Network, http://sydneyanglicans.net/; Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998, http://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside/files/2011/02/connectkin_guide1.pdf.
Prepared by: Melissa Downing
Created: 3 March 2011, Last modified: 18 May 2014