Anglican Diocese of Harare

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The Anglican Diocese of Mashonaland was formed in 1891[1] and its first Bishop was The Rt Rev George Wyndham Hamilton Knight-Bruce.[2][3] He was then succeeded by the Rt Revd William Thomas Gaul (1895–1907), formerly Rector of St Cyprian's Church in Kimberley. Small in stature, Gaul styled himself “the smallest bishop with the largest Diocese in Christendom.”[4] In 1915 the diocese became “The Diocese of Southern Rhodesia” [5] until 1952 when it reverted to “The Diocese of Mashonaland". Now known as the “Diocese of Harare and Mashonaland” it has experienced great turbulence in recent times.[6]


  1. ^ The Times, Wednesday, Nov 04, 1891; pg. 4; Issue 33473; col E The SPCK has given £1,000 to aid a new Rhodesian diocese
  2. ^ Details of the life of Bishop Knight-Bruce
  3. ^ Knight-Bruce, George Wyndham (1892). Journals of the Mashonaland Mission 1888 to 1892. Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. 
  4. ^ Williams, Alpheus F. (1948) Some dreams come true; p. 388
  5. ^ Welch, Pamela J. (2005) ‘Church and Settler: a Study in the History of the Anglican Diocese of Mashonaland/Southern Rhodesia, 1890-1925’, London: University of London ISBN 978-1-84192-379-6
  6. ^ Recent turmoil

In December 1907 E.N.Powell DD became bishop. He had been Vicar of St Saviour's Upton Park (from the inscription of a Pectoral Cross presented to him by the Parish)The current bishop of the Diocese of Harare is Chad Nicholas Gandiya