orthodoxyinaustralasia}} == Pre-Diocesan Era==
*1810 First known Orthodox (Russian) permanent resident arrives in Australia. Wife of a British Military officer freshly arrived from the Peninsular War.
*1820 April: First Orthodox service in Australia. Held at Kirribilli Point (Sydney) by Fr Dionisii, a Russian Orthodox chaplain on the ''Vostok''.*1868: Fr Christoforos Arsenios settles at Clermont in Central Queensland. No record exists of any services conducted.*1896: [[Archimandrite]] [[Dorotheos (Bakaliaros)]] is first resident priest who functions as such. Conducts services in Melbourne and Sydney*1897: Joint Greek and Syrian Orthodox communities in Sydney (New South Wales) and Melbourne (Victoria)
become established.*1898 May 29: Foundation stone laid in Sydney of the first Orthodox Church in Australia (included Greek, Russian and Syrian worshippers and contributors). Dedicated to Holy Trinity.::::The [[Church of Jerusalem]] appoints Fr Seraphim Phocas to Sydney and Fr Athanasios Kantopoulos to Melbourne.*1899 Refusal of the Patriarch of Constantinople to recognise the newly elected Arabic-speaking Patriarch of Antioch and All the East causes a parting of the way between the Greek speaking Orthodox and the Arabic speaking Orthodox in Australia. Russian speaking Orthodox also suffer in the fall-out. *1900: Foundation stone laid in Melbourne of first exclusively Greek speaking Orthodox Church. Dedicated to the [[Annunciation]].*1902: [[Church of Greece]] takes responsibility for Greek parishes in Australia from the Church of Jerusalem.*1903: Fr Nikandros Bettines arrives in Melbourne from Zakynthos, sent by the Archbishop of Athens.*1908: [[Church of Constantinople| Ecumenical Patriarchate]] grants jurisdiction of Greek parishes in Australia to the Church of Greece.* 1914 First Exarch of Australia and New Zealand arrives in Sydney , sent by the [[Church of Antioch|Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East ]]*1919 Exarchate of Australia and New Zealand is confirmed as permanent by [[Church of Antioch|Patriarch of Antioch]].*1920 May 12: Foundation stone laid at Walker and Redfern Sts Redfern, Sydney, for first exclusively [[Church of Antioch|Syrian Orthodox]] church in Australia. Fr [[Nicholas Shehadie]] continues as Exarch of Australia and New Zealand, and as parish priest at Redfern.
Australasian Diocesean Era==*1924 Mar 7: Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Australia and New Zealand established by Ecumenical Patriarchate.:: Jul 8: Greek Orthodox Metropolitan [[Christoforos (Knitis) of Samos|Christoforos (Knitis)]] of Australia and New Zealand arrives.*1925: First Russian church acquired in Brisbane. Was dedicated to St Nicholas.*1929: Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Christoforos (Knitis) exiled to Samos.*1931 Sep 18: [[Timotheos ( Evangelinides) of Rhodes|Timotheos ( Evangelinides)]] elected Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand by Ecumenical Patriarchate.*1932 Jul 26: Metropolitan Timotheos ( Evangelinides) arrives in Australia.*1934 May 15: Antiochian Orthodox Exarch Father Nicholas Shehadie passes away from asthma. Funeral at St George Redfern is presided over by Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Timotheos. *1935 Father Nicholas' son Michael is ordained deacon then priest on behalf of the Patriarch of Antioch by Metropolitan Timotheos. * 1930s First Russian Orthodox priest in Sydney, Father Methodious, resides with Antiochian Orthodox family of Anis and Aman Birbara. Until the purchase of a house in Moore Park, and its conversion into a church, Archimandrite Methodious held all his Sydney services at the Antiochian Orthodox church of St George Redfern. *1947 Apr 22: Archimandrite [[Theophylactos (Papathanasopoulos) of Australia and New Zealand|Theophylactos (Papathanasopoulos)]] elected Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand by Ecumenical Patriarchate.*1948 Nov: First [[ROCOR|Russian Orthodox]] [[Bishop]] [[Theodore (Rafalsky) of Sydney|Theodore (Rafalsky)]] arrives in Australia. He studied theology in Russia before World War I with Sydney's Antiochian Orthodox priest Fr Michael Shehadie.:::First Ukrainian Orthodox services held in Canberra by Fr A. Theodorovych.*1949: First [[Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia and New Zealand|Serbian Orthodox]] services held by Fr Sv. Sekulic.*1950: First [[Bulgarian Orthodox]] parish in Melbourne.*1952: First [[Estonian Orthodox]] parish established by Fr D. Juurma.*1955/56: Bishop [[Sava (Rayevsky) of Sydney|Sava]] becomes Bishop of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR). *1958 Aug 2: Metropolitan Theophylactos (Papathanasopoulos) killed in car accident in Melbourne.*1959 Apr 27: Greek Orthodox Metropolitan [[Ezekiel (Tsoukalas) of Pisidia|Ezekiel (Tsoukalas)]] of Australia and New Zealand arrives in Australia.:: Sep 1: The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Australia and New Zealand becomes the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand, and Metropolitan Ezekiel becomes Archbishop.
*1961: St Andrew's Brotherhood set up by Archbishop Ezekiel for the improvement of Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan services.
Jan: First Greek Orthodox Clergy-Laity Congress held in Sydney.:: Jun 19: Land purchased for Greek Orthodox St George Monastery, Springwood.
*1965: Second Greek Orthodox Clergy-Laity Congress held in Sydney.
*1969: Antiochian Orthodox
Eparchy of Australasia established by the Holy Synod of Antioch.::Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Iakovos of Philadelphia arrives as [[Exarch]] of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. ==Australian Archdiocesan Era==*1970: Sister Dorothea places St Basil's Homes for the Aged under the patronage of the Archdiocese.:: Jan: New Zealand is separated from the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia]], and becomes a separate [[Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand]] with jurisdiction over Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea.*1971 [[OCA]] presence begins in Australia with reception of one rebel [[ROCOR]] parish in Bankstown, New South Wales, along with three priests.::Simultaneously Polish Orthodox presence begins in Australia with reception of a priest from ROCOR.*1972: Third Clergy-Laity Congress held in Sydney.:: Nov: First Antiochian Orthodox hierarch, Bishop [[ Gibran (Ramlawey) of Australia and New Zealand|Gibran (Ramlawey)]] of [[ Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand| Australia and New Zealand]] , arrives in Australia. ::Dec 20: First Romanian Orthodox parish established in Carlton, Melbourne. Dedicated to Ss Peter and Paul.*1974 Dec 30: First [[Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia and New Zealand|Serbian Orthodox]] hierarch , Bishop Nikolai (Mrdja), enthroned.*1975 Feb 13: Metropolitan Stylianos (Harkianakis) of Miletoupolis elected Archbishop of Australia.:: Apr 15: Archbishop [[Stylianos (Harkianakis) of Australia|Stylianos (Harkianakis)]] of Australia arrives. :::26 : Archbishop Stylianos enthroned.*1979 Sep 22: [[Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Churches of Australia]] established, with the Ecumenical Patriarchate's Archbishop of Australia as permanent chairman.*1981 Jan: Fourth Clergy-Laity Congress held in Sydney.*1982: First National Youth Conference held at University of Melbourne. Resolution passed to hold National Youth Conferences every second year thereafter, with State Youth Conferences held on the alternate year.*1983: St Andrew's Brotherhood revived and better organised by Archbishop Stylianos . *1984: Second National Youth Conference held in Sydney.*1985 Jan 27-29: Fifth Clergy-Laity Congress held in Brisbane, [[List of Parishes in Queensland|Queensland]].
::May: Construction of [[St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College (Sydney, Australia)|St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College]] commences. College prepares to open in 1986.
College Era==*1986 Feb: St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College begins teaching. :::Third National Youth Conference held in Melbourne*1988 Sep 13: [[Church of Russia|Moscow Patriarchate]] establishes first parish in Melbourne, dedicated to Holy Trinity.*1989 Jan: Sixth Clergy-Laity Congress held in Melbourne.:: :Fourth National Youth Conference held in Melbourne *1989: Moscow Patriarchate consecrates second church in Sydney . *1991: Fifth National Youth Conference held in Adelaide.*1991-94: Schism occurs in Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. Patriarchate of Jerusalem accepts schismatic parishes and begins jurisdiction in Australia. Great protests from Archbishop Stylianos and Patriarch Bartholomew ensue, culminating in a pan- Orthodox synod and the excommunication of the bishops that went to Australia. Jerusalem withdraws from Australia, parishes join old-calendarist synods.*1993 Jan: Seventh Clergy-Laity Congress held in Sydney.* 1994: Sixth National Youth Conference held in Brisbane *1996 Nov: First Visit of Ecumenical Patriarchate.*1998 Jan: Eighth Clergy-Laity Congress held in Sydney.::: Seventh National Youth Conference held in Sydney
*2002: [[St. Andrew's Orthodox Press]] established to publish ''The Greek-Australian Vema'', the official newspaper of the Archdiocese.
*[http://home.it.com.au/~jgrapsas/pages/Church_history.html Major events in the history of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia].
*[http://holytrinity-la.org/engl/pages/general/hist4.html#anchor557188 History of the Holy Orthodox Church: Orthodoxy in Australia]
[http://www.htocm.org/ParishHistory.htm Parish History ] of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate). ==Further reading==
*[http://www.stgeorgecathedral.com.au/news/jubilee.html St George Cathedral and its People - Past, Present and Future] - history of the Antiochian Orthodox Church in Australia (Sydney) and the parish of St George Cathedral