From the mid 1960s to 1972 the parish was known as the Parish of Dampier. In 1972 the parish included the towns of Karratha (gazetted in 1969, meaning ‘good country’); Roebourne; Wickham; Panawonica; Onslow and Barrow Island; and so it was renamed as the ‘Parish of West Pilbara’. The Parish of Wickham was established in the mid 1980s.
A parishioner’s home back in 1970 provided the venue for the first services in Karratha. Services were then moved to the Kindergarten Hall and later to the local High School. In 1977 the diocese received a Crown grant for land in Karratha and a church building was opened in that same year. A Mission to Seafarers operates in Dampier.
WHEN DOES OUR CONGREGATION MEET?
9.00am: We meet each week at Karratha Anglican Church. As a church we are committed to the Bible and so our times of meeting together have teaching the Bible at their centre. We also provide a Sunday School for children. After the service we meet in the same building for fellowship and morning tea.
WHO IS OUR MINISTER?
Archdeacon Les Gaulton
Les is married to Jenny with adult children and grandchildren. They have been involved in the North West for 25 years serving in the North East Goldfields parish and then Karratha from 2002.
Les is also the archdeacon for the Pilbara region of the diocese.
HOW CAN YOU CONTACT US?
phone: (08) 9144 2594
WHERE WILL YOU FIND US?
We are located at the corner of Locker and Samson Streets, Karratha. Parking is available in the church grounds.