Thornbury sign recognising original owners
St James’ Thornbury proudly recognizes traditional Aboriginal owners.

Reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians

Please call upon God to guide the Archbishop and all who are called to advise and lead the Diocese in discerning appropriate responses to the situation in which we find ourselves, that we might have the courage to follow God’s voice. 

In particular, pray for the development of the Reconciliation Action Plan, that it might be established with wisdom and implemented with enthusiasm, leading to meaningful reconciliation at a local level.


We give thanks for those who have worked for peace and reconciliation in every generation in Australia, especially community leaders today.


For Indigenous men, women and children who experience racism (which means most!)

For the day when all people will live in nations where they are not judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character (Martin Luther King, 1963).

For people who have difficulties in accepting others who are different from them.

That Indigenous people will always ‘get a fair go'

  • in education
  • in health
  • in housing, and social services
  • with the law.

That dioceses and parish churches may contribute to reconciliation at a local level.

  • Especially those who have established ‘reconciliation’ groups.

That all churches will be a welcoming place for all people, including Indigenous people.

For Anglican Church Organizations with a special focus on Indigenous people, including





Barak [1824–1903], known to Europeans as William Barak was a boy when Melbourne was founded. As well as his tribal education, he was educated at the mission school located near the Botanical Gardens, led by the Rev G Langhorne.

Barak became a respected and honoured spokesperson for his people, and must be regarded as one of the Colony’s significant citizens.

For more information read the biography: