Ian Shevill

Ian Wotton Allnutt Shevill AO[1] (11 May 1917  3 November 1988) was an Australian Anglican bishop[2] in the second half of the 20th century.

Shevill was educated at Scot’s College, Sydney and Sydney University.[3] He was ordained in 1941[4] and his first position was as a curate of St Paul's Burwood, New South Wales.[5] From 1948 to 1953 he worked for the Society for the Propagation of Gospel when he was ordained to the episcopate as Bishop of North Queensland, a post he held for 17 years. In 1970 he became Secretary of the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel and in 1973 Bishop of Newcastle.[6] An author,[7] he retired in 1977 and died on 3 November 1988. He opened Bible House, Townsville, on 7 November 1964 with Canon H.M. Arrowsmith and Preston Walker of the British and Foreign Bible Society.[8]

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has revealed that Shevill abused and raped many young men who expressed interest in the priesthood (http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/7-30/NC1605H143S00)


  1. "Ian Wotton Allnutt Shevill AO". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  2. Church news New bishop for Australia, The Times, 22 December 1972; pg. 15; Issue 58663; col E
  3. Who was Who 1987-1990: London, A & C Black, 1991, ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  4. Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  5. Church website
  6. Diocesan History
  7. Amongst others he wrote New Dawn in Papua (1946); Pacific Conquest (1948); God’s World at Prayer (1951); Orthodox and other Eastern Churches in Australia (1964); Going it with God (1969); One Man’s Meditations (1982); O, My God (1982); Between Two Sees (1988) and an autobiography, Half Time (1966) while bishop in Townsville
  8. Bible to thousands: fulfilling the vision with the Bible Society in Australia 1963 to 1979, S. Preston Walker, 2005, ISBN 9780646521473
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Wilfrid Bernard Belcher
Bishop of North Queensland
1953 1970
Succeeded by
Hurtle John Lewis
Preceded by
James Alan George Housden
Bishop of Newcastle (Australia)
1973 1977
Succeeded by
Alfred Charles Holland

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