James Housden

James Alan George Housden (16 September 1904 – 22 April 1994) was the fifth Anglican Bishop of Rockhampton in Queensland from 1947 to 1958.[1] In 1958 he then became the Bishop of Newcastle in New South Wales until 1972.[2]

Housden was born in Birmingham[3][4] and educated at Essendon High School and the University of Queensland before being ordained in 1929.[5] His first position was as a curate at St Paul’s Ipswich, Queensland after which he was chaplain of the Mitchell River Mission. He then became rector of Darwin, Northern Territory then vicar of Coolangatta. From 1940 to 1946 he was the Rural Dean of Warwick and finally (before his ordination to the episcopate) vicar of Christ Church, South Yarra.[6] He was translated from Rockhampton[7] to Newcastle[8] where he remained until his retirement in 1972.


Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Fortesque Leo Ash
Bishop of Rockhampton
Succeeded by
Theodore Bruce McCall
Preceded by
Francis de Witt Batty
Bishop of Newcastle (Australia)
Succeeded by
Ian Shevill
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