The Anglican Church of Australia replaced the Church of England in Australia and Tasmania in 1981. It continued to run Roland Children's Home until the early 1990s and Clarendon Children's Home until 2006. In 1998, in response to a public outcry, the Church released Not the way of Christ, an inquiry into sexual misconduct and paedophilia by its clergy in Tasmania. No children's homes are mentioned in this report. Since 1983, under the auspices of the Church, Anglicare Tasmania has offered services to people in crisis. It also runs the Social Action and Research Centre.
In January 2016 the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse held public hearings in Hobart for Case Study 36, inquiring into the response of the Church of England Boys' Society and the Anglican Dioceses of Tasmania, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane to allegations of child sexual abuse.
1788 - 1981 The Church of England in Australia and Tasmania
1981 - The Anglican Church of Australia
Sources used to compile this entry: 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; Kohl, Tanya and Crowley, Michael, Not the way of Christ: independent pastoral inquiry into sexual misconduct by clergy or officers of the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania with particular reference to paedophilia, Anglican Diocese of Tasmania, Hobart, March 1998; 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: 12 January 2011, Last modified: 29 November 2016