Darwin Australia Temple
Geoff: OK, feel free to file this under my pipe dream category. I really don’t think this will happen, but I want to have some fun with it.
Australia hasn’t seen any new temples since the halcyon days of mini temple construction during the turn of the century, when every major metropolitan area other than Sydney, which already had a temple, received one. But wait, every major metropolitan area? Nope. Not Darwin, land of Baz Luhrmann epics and bombing by the Japanese in World War II. It’s like the Church decided that only states and not territories were worthy of temple love. As if!
Similar to Perth, Darwin is quite isolated, and the Northern Territory is sparsely populated. We’re talking fewer than 250,000 people across the whole thing. Darwin constitutes about half of that and is the center of the only district in the territory. There are no stakes. But Darwin has two branches! And there’s another branch in Katherine!
OK, so a temple in Darwin would be the ultimate “we can build these anywhere, so stop guessing” temple. I do not expect it, perhaps ever, but as we bring the sacred buildings to more isolated areas, Darwin might, maybe, perhaps, by chance, someday get a temple.
Joseph: I’m surprised, Geoff. I figured you’d factor in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, East Timor, Brunei and Papua New Guinea as semi-likely locales to include in a Darwin temple district.
I do think annexing the archipelagos strengthens your argument past a mere pipe dream, though symbolically it wouldn’t help the critical colonizing narratives of church expansion by placing a temple for this region in its richest and whitest country.
My point is that, much like Singapore, Darwin can be seen as a strategic more centralized location for a much broader region, but yeah, it’s a stretch, buddy.