John Grindrod

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Sir John Basil Rowland Grindrod KBE[1] (14 December 1919[2] – 4 January 2009) was an Anglican bishop and the Primate of Australia from 1982 to 1989.

Grindrod was born in Aughton, Lancashire, England.[3] He was educated at Repton School; Queen's College, Oxford[4] (MA Oxon); and Lincoln Theological College. He was ordained a deacon in 1951 and a priest in 1952. He served as a curate at St Michael’s Hulme, Manchester and then in Bundaberg, Queensland. He held incumbencies at All Souls' Ancoats, Manchester; Emerald, Queensland and North Rockhampton, Queensland while Archdeacon of Rockhampton.;[5] and Christ Church, South Yarra, Victoria [6]

Grindrod was the Bishop of Riverina from 1966 to 1971 and then Bishop of Rockhampton until 1980. He was then the Archbishop of Brisbane[7] until 1989, additionally serving as Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia from 1982. He took Australian citizenship in 1982 and was awarded a knighthood (KBE) in the 1983 New Year's Day Honours for services to religion.

Most of Grindrod's retirement years were spent in Murwillumbah in northern New South Wales then, from 2006, in Helensvale on the Gold Coast. He died, aged 89, on 4 January 2009, after a long illness.[8]

Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Hector Robinson
Bishop of Riverina
1966 – 1971
Succeeded by
Barry Hunter
Preceded by
Donald Shearman
Bishop of Rockhampton
1971 – 1980
Succeeded by
George Hearn
Preceded by
Felix Arnott
Archbishop of Brisbane
1980 – 1989
Succeeded by
Peter Hollingworth
Preceded by
Marcus Loane
Primate of Australia
1982 – 1989
Succeeded by
Keith Rayner