Alfred Barry

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Bishop Alfred Barry
Worcester Cathedral, grave of Bishop Alfred Barry in the Cathedral Cloisters

Dr. Alfred Barry (15 January 1826 – 1 April 1910) was the Third Bishop of Sydney, who over the course of his career served as headmaster of several independent schools, Principal of King's College London, and founded several prominent Anglican schools. He officiated at the funeral of Charles Darwin in 1882.


He was born in Ely Place, Holborn in London,[1] the son of the eminent architect, Sir Charles Barry and Sarah Rowsell, and had four brothers; Charles Barry (junior), Edward Middleton Barry, John Wolfe-Barry and Godfrey Barry.[2]

From King's College School, he went to Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A., 1848; M.A., 1851), where his performance as 4th Wrangler (aeq.) and 7th Classic won him a minor fellowship and a Smith's prize.[3] In 1850 he became a major fellow and was made deacon by Bishop Thomas Turton of Ely; Bishop Wilberforce of Oxford ordained him priest in 1853. He continued with divinity studies (B.D., 1860; D.D., 1866). Oxford gave him an honorary D.C.L. in 1870, as did Durham in 1888.[4]

He was consecrated in Westminster Abbey on 1 January 1884 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Bishops of London, Durham, Lincoln, Rochester, Dover and Bishop Perry. On 24 April, he was enthroned in St. Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, installed as Bishop of Sydney and recognized as metropolitan of New South Wales and primate of the Church of England in Australia and Tasmania.[2]

In 1891 he was appointed Canon of the eleventh stall at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, a position he held until 1910.[5] He died at Windsor and was buried in the cloisters of Worcester Cathedral. He was survived by his wife Louisa Victoria, daughter of Canon Hughes of Peterborough, whom he had married on 13 August 1851, and by two sons and a daughter. Another daughter, Mary Louisa (1862–1880) died young and was also buried in the cloisters of Worcester Cathedral.

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Sermons & other writings[edit]

  • Lectures on Christianity and Socialism (London, 1890)
  • He had written a well-informed biography of his father in 1867 and defended his designs for the Palace of Westminster against the supporters of Augustus Welby Pugin in 1868.
  • In 1881 he edited the architectural lectures of his eldest brother, Edward Middleton.
  • As late as 1908 he published four lectures for St George's Chapel entitled Do we Believe?
  • Published Introduction to the Old Testament, Notes on the Gospels; Notes on the Catechism; The Teacher's Prayer Book as well as various volumes of Sermons. Contributed to Smith's Dictionary of the Bible.


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  2. ^ a b Wikisource-logo.svg Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Barry, Sir Charles s.v. Alfred Barry". Encyclopædia Britannica. 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 444. 
  3. ^ "Barry, Alfred (BRY843A)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ Alfred Barry Biography
  5. ^ Fasti Wyndesorienses, May 1950. S.L. Ollard. Published by the Dean and Canons of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Richard William Jelf
Principal of King's College London
Succeeded by
Henry Wace