George Wyndham Kennion, the son of George Kennion and Catherine, daughter of J.F. Fordyce, was born at Harrogate, England, on 5 September 1845. He was educated at Eton College and Oriel College, Oxford University, where he graduated B.A. in 1867 and M.A. in 1871. He was ordained deacon in 1869 and priest in 1870. He was an inspector of schools 1871-3, vicar of St Paul's, Hull, in 1873, and of All Saints, Bradford, in 1876.
In 1882 he was chosen by Archbishop Tait to be the second bishop of Adelaide and was consecrated in Westminster Abbey on 30 November 1882. On 5 December he married Henrietta, daughter of Sir Charles Dalrymple Fergusson.
Kennion arrived in South Australia early in 1883 and soon realised that more churches were needed in the rapidly growing suburbs of Adelaide and in outlying country districts. He set to work to fill this need and personally visited all the centres in the colony. During his 12 years in the diocese many churches were built, considerable progress was made in the building of the cathedral, and the number of clergy increased from 50 to 75.
In 1894 Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery called him to the bishopric of Bath and Wells. There he found no lack of work and ruled the diocese with tact and wisdom. He had some difficulties with the extreme high church movement in the church, but though he allowed much liberty there were limits he would not allow to be passed. He had in early life been associated with the evangelicals, but became a moderate high churchman. He did not take a leading part in ecclesiastical affairs, but was an excellent chairman of the English committee on faith and order.
Kennion had a serious illness at the end of 1917 and resigned his see in August 1919. He died at Ayr on 19 May 1922.
- "Glasgow University jubilee" The Times (London). Friday, 14 June 1901. Issue 36481, p. 10.
- Serle, Percival (1949). "Kennion, George Wyndham". Dictionary of Australian Biography. Sydney: Angus and Robertson.
- J. R. Warner, 'Kennion, George Wyndham (1845 - 1922)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 5, Melbourne University Press, 1974, p. 17.
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