FOR the first time in more than 50 years, the cathedral city of
Goulburn, in western New South Wales, is to have a resident
The Bishop of Canberra & Goulburn, the Rt Revd Stuart
Robinson, has announced that he intends to live and work in
Goulburn - the original see city - for six months in each year. The
move comes as Goulburn celebrates 150 years since it was designated
a city in 1863, by virtue of its having a cathedral.
The diocese of Goulburn became the diocese of Canberra &
Goulburn in 1949; the last bishop to live there full-time was
Bishop Ernest Burgmann, who began by living in Canberra part-time
The Bishop's office in Goulburn is being renovated, and should
be ready by about Easter; and a house is being bought in Goulburn.
The move "underscores the fact that we are both a rural and what I
describe as a quasi-metropolitan diocese", Bishop Robinson
It was "perfectly normal" in other Australian cities for bishops
to live close to the cathedral, and be involved in its life, he