The Sydney Australia Temple is the 28th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is located in suburban Carlingford, about 12 miles northwest of downtown Sydney. The tranquil setting is considerably beautified by award-winning landscaping including huge eucalyptus trees that perpetuates appealing form and color year round. The temple shares its site with Church area offices and a patron housing facility.
The Sydney Australia Temple sits on property formerly used as a school for boys. The buildings were renovated and converted for Church use including area offices.
Elder Bruce R. McConkie (1915-1985) of the Quorum of the Twelves Apostles—a former mission president of Australia—presided over the groundbreaking services for the Sydney Australia Temple. At a fireside that evening, he said, "There is no reason why we can't have temples in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, or wherever the number of saints justifies it." His statement proved prophetic with the construction of the Adelaide Australia Temple, Melbourne Australia Temple, Brisbane Australia Temple, and Perth Australia Temple.
During construction of the Sydney Australia Temple, numerous workers on the project—most of whom did not belong to the Church—asked questions of Brother Frank Hewstone, the Church’s project representative, about the temple. One worker often turned to many by the time he finished providing his explanations.
Thousands of Australians toured the Sydney Australia Temple during its public open house in September 1984, resulting in hundreds of requests for more information about the Church.
The Sydney Australia Temple serves members from 12 stakes and 3 districts headquartered in New South Wales:
- Canberra Australia Stake
- Coffs Harbour Australia District
- Gosford Australia Stake
- Liverpool Australia Stake
- Macarthur Australia Stake
- Newcastle Australia Stake
- Nowra Australia District
- Orange Australia District
- Penrith Australia Stake
- Sydney Australia Baulkham Hills Stake
- Sydney Australia Fairfield Stake
- Sydney Australia Harbour Stake
- Sydney Australia Hebersham Stake
- Sydney Australia Mortdale Stake
- Sydney Australia Prairiewood Stake
- Richard H. Osmotherly 2018–
- W. F. Lionel Walters 2015–2018
- Peter R. Barr 2011–2015
- W. John Bailey III 2008–2011
- Frank H. Hewstone 2005–2008
- George Mearns 2002–2005
- P. Bruce Mitchell 1999–2002
- Robert J. Belbin 1996–1999
- Ian G. Mackie 1993–1996
- Donald W. Cummings 1990–1993
- Stanley O. Gray 1987–1990
- Milton J. Hess 1984–1987
Sydney Australia Temple
The Sydney Australia Temple is the 28th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This was the first temple built in Australia, It is located in suburban Carlingford, about 12 miles northwest of downtown Sydney. The tranquil setting is considerably beautified by award-winning landscaping including huge eucalyptus trees that perpetuates appealing form and color year round.