A Church For a Nation
The Anglican Church was present in Australia from the beginning - a Chaplain to the Colony of NSW sailed with the First Fleet. As settlement spread the Church followed and in 1827 a minister was appointed to the Parish of...
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The Anglican Church was present in Australia from the beginning - a Chaplain to the Colony of NSW sailed with the First Fleet. As settlement spread the Church followed and in 1827 a minister was appointed to the Parish of Australia beyond Liverpool. The south-west grew rapidly and in 1863 Mesac Thomas was consecrated as first Bishop of Goulburn, his diocese encompassing the whole of southern NSW. The Diocese was renamed 'Canberra & Goulburn' in 1950 and A Church for a Nation celebrates 173 years of Anglican presence, 137 years of Diocesan history and 50 years of its existence under its present name. Written by the Rev'd Dr Tom Frame, ex-RAN officer and one of Australia's leading naval historians, A Church for a Nation makes a substantial contribution to Australian church and spiritual history and offers fascinating insights into the social history of southern NSW.
Bishop Tom Frame was born at Sydney in 1962. He joined the RAN College, HMAS Creswell, as a 16-year old cadet midshipman in January 1979. After serving as Research Officer to the Chief of Naval Staff and completing a PhD on the HMAS Voyager disaster, he resigned from the RAN in late 1992 to complete a Masters degree in theology and training for the Anglican priesthood. Ordained in 1993, he held parish appointments in Australia and England. He was Bishop to the Australian Defence Force from 2001-07, a Visiting Fellow in the School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Australian National University (1999-2003) and Patron of the Armed Forces Federation of Australia (2002-06). He has been a member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial since 2004.Bishop Frame is the author or editor of twenty books including A Church for a Nation: A History of the Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn; Church and State: Australias Imaginary Wall; Anglicanism in Australia: A History (edited with Bruce Kaye, Colin Holden and Geoffrey Treloar),A Church for aNation, LIving by the Sword? The Ethics of Armed Intervention and Agendas for Australian Anglicanism: Essays in Honour of Bruce Kaye (edited with Geoffrey Treloar). He has been Director of St Marks National Theological Centre, Associate Professor and Head of the School of Theology, Charles Sturt University since January 2007. Bishop Frame is married to Helen and lives in Canberra.