James Darcy Freeman was born in Sydney on 19 November 1907. He was ordained on 13 July 1930 by Archbishop Bartolomeo Cattaneo. He was elected Bishop of Hermopolis In Partibus Infidelium and auxiliary of Sydney on 9 December 1956. He was consecrated on 24 January 1957 at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney by Cardinal Gilroy. He was promoted to Archbishop of Sydney on 9 July 1971. He was made Cardinal Priest of the Title of Our Lady Queen of Peace of Ostia on 5 March 1973. Created Knight Commander of the British Empire 1977. He resigned on 12 February 1983. Cardinal Freeman died on 16 March 1991.