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Christ Church Cathedral
Cathedral Church of Christ the King
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Cathedral in 2012
Christ Church Cathedral is located in New South Wales
Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral
Location in New South Wales
32°55′47″S 151°46′50″E / 32.92972°S 151.78056°E / -32.92972; 151.78056
Location Church Street, The Hill, Newcastle, New South Wales
Country Australia
Denomination Anglican
Status Cathedral
Founded 1847 (1847)
Dedicated 21 November 1902 (1902-11-21)
Consecrated 20 November 1983 (1983-11-20)
by Bishop Holland
  • Tower added 1979
  • Earthquake damage 1989
Past bishop(s) William Tyrrell (1848–79)
Functional status Active
  • John Horbury Hunt
  • Frederick George Castleden
Architectural type Cathedral
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1883 (1883)
Completed 1902 (1902)
Capacity 1,000
Length 72.5 metres (238 ft)
Width 25.6 metres (84 ft)
Diocese Newcastle
Province New South Wales
Dean Katherine Bowyer

The Cathedral Church of Christ the King, also called Christ Church Cathedral, is an Australian cathedral in Newcastle, New South Wales. It is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Newcastle in the Anglican Church of Australia. The building, designed by John Horbury Hunt in the Gothic Revival style, is located on a hill at the city's eastern end in the suburb called The Hill. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 28 June 2011.

The current dean, the Very Reverend Katherine Bowyer (former rector of the Parish of Cardiff), was installed on 4 October 2017. She is the first woman to hold the position.


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Cathedral interior

The present cathedral replaced an earlier Christ Church, built in 1817. When the Diocese of Newcastle was created in 1847, the original Christ Church became a cathedral and William Tyrell was appointed first Bishop of Newcastle (1848–79). Due to the poor condition of the original building and the growing population of the city, it was decided to build a new cathedral and a design competition was held in 1868. It was won by architects Terry and Speechley from Melbourne, but they had seriously underestimated the cost of their design and accordingly the plans of John Horbury Hunt were adopted instead. His design was for a cruciform Victorian Gothic style building with a central tower and spire over the central crossing. Work started in 1883 and the older building was demolished the following year. A temporary building was constructed nearby for services until the new cathedral could be completed and consecrated in 1902. The tower was not added until 1979, minus the planned spire. The building was damaged during an earthquake in 1989 and since been repaired.

In 1969, the cathedral witnessed the Australian premiere of Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde (Noah's Flood). The "voice of God" was provided by Brin Newton-John, father of singer Olivia Newton-John.

Deans of Newcastle

Source: Christ Church Cathedral website
  • 1892–99: Arthur Selwyn
  • 1900–09: John Stretch (afterwards Bishop of Newcastle, 1906)
  • 1909–14: Cyril Golding-Bird (afterwards Bishop of Kalgoorlie, 1914)
  • 1915–19: Henry Kingsley Archdall (afterwards Principal of St David's College, 1938)
  • 1919–28: Horace Crotty (afterwards Bishop of Bathurst, 1928)
  • 1928–36: William Johnson (afterwards Bishop of Ballarat, 1936)
  • 1936–43: Thomas Makinson Armour (afterwards Bishop of Wangaratta, 1943)
  • 1943–48: Arthur Morris
  • 1949–50: Norman Blow
  • 1950–61: William Hardie (afterwards Bishop of Ballarat, 1961)
  • 1961–75: John Falkingham
  • 1975–83: Robert Beal (afterwards Bishop of Wangaratta, 1985)
  • 1984–2008: Graeme R. Lawrence
  • 2009–13: James Rigney
  • 2013–present: Stephen Williams

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