Alfred Averill

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The Most Reverend
Alfred Averill
Archbishop of New Zealand
Predecessor Churchill Julius
Personal details
Birth name Alfred Walter Averill
Born 7 October 1865
Staffordshire, England
Died July 6, 1957(1957-07-06) (aged 91)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealander
Denomination Anglicanism
Parents Henry Alcock Averill and Sarah Ellen Wootton
Spouse Mary Weir
Children Leslie Averill
Alma mater St John's College, Oxford
Ely Theological College

Alfred Walter Averill (7 October 1865 – 6 July 1957) was the 2nd Anglican Archbishop of New Zealand, from 1925 to 1940. He was also the 5th Anglican Bishop of Auckland whose Episcopate spanned a 25-year period during the first half of the 20th century.[1]


Born in Castle Church, Staffordshire he was educated at King Edward VI School, Stafford and St John's College, Oxford[2] before embarking on an ecclesiastical career with a curacy at St George's, Hanover Square.[3] Emigrating to New Zealand in 1894 he was successively Vicar of St Michael’s and All Angels in Christchurch and Archdeacon of Akaroa before elevation to the See of Waiapu in 1910. Translated to Auckland four years later he was further promoted to be Archbishop of New Zealand in 1925.[2]

In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[4] Shortly before his death in 1957, he was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.[2]

His son, Leslie Averill, served with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force towards the end of the First World War, and played a key role in the capture of Le Quesnoy in France. He later became a prominent medical administrator and community leader in Christchurch.[5]


  1. ^ "Most Rev. A. W. Averill Late Primate Of New Zealand". The Times (53887). 8 July 1957. p. 10.
  2. ^ a b c Limbrick, Warren E. "Alfred Walter Averill". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Newly appointed Deacons in London". The Times (32578). 25 December 1888. p. 10.
  4. ^ "Official jubilee medals". Evening Post. 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  5. ^ Rice, Geoffrey W. "Leslie Cecil Lloyd Averill". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
Religious titles
Preceded by
William Leonard Williams
Bishop of Waiapu
Succeeded by
William Walmsley Sedgwick
Preceded by
Owen Thomas Lloyd Crossley
Bishop of Auckland, NZ
Succeeded by
William John Simkin
Preceded by
Churchill Julius
Archbishop of New Zealand
Succeeded by
Campbell West-Watson