Edward Tufnell

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Edward Wyndham Tufnell (3 October 1814 – 3 December 1896) was the first Bishop of Brisbane.[1]

Early life[edit]

Tufnell was born on 3 October 1814 in Bath, Somerset[2] and educated at Eton and Wadham College, Oxford.[3] He was the son of a banker, John Charles Tufnell, and Uliana Ivanova Margaret Fowell, who had a total of eighteen children.

Ecclesiastical career[edit]

Ordained a priest in 1839, his first posts were curacies at Broadwindsor and Broad Hinton.[4] After this he held incumbencies at Beechingstoke[5] and Marlborough.[6] He was then appointed to the colonial episcopate, serving from 1859 to 1874.[7]

Front view of Riversleigh, North Quay, Brisbane, c. 1931

In Brisbane in 1863, Edward Tufnell commissioned architect Benjamin Backhouse to build the house Riversleigh on North Quay as an investment.[8]

Tufnell returned to England in 1874. In 1882 he became the vicar of Felpham near Bognor Regis and in 1888 he paid for the school to move to a new site in Felpham Way. The school is still named after him,[9] but moved again in 1957. The rector's vestry at St Mary's Church[10] was erected in 1899 as a memorial to him.

Marriage and family[edit]

Tufnell married his cousin, Laura Tufnell, who was the daughter of John Jolliffe Tufnell of Langleys, Essex. They had two children: Arthur Wyndam Tufnell, who was murdered in India while travelling on a train to Simla; and Ida Mary Uliana Mary Tufnell, who married Henry Arthur Wansborough, a priest. Laura Tufnell was the sister of Maria Tufnell, who married Edward Strutt,[11] founder of Strutt and Parkers estate agents. Maria was lady-in-waiting to Queen Charlotte. Tufnell died on 3 December 1896.[12]


  1. ^ Queensland Consolidated Acts. Austlii.edu.au. Retrieved on 26 August 2011.
  2. ^ “A genealogical and heraldic history of the commoners of Great Britain and Ireland enjoying territorial possessions or high official rank” Burke,J: London, Henry Colburn, 1838
  3. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  4. ^ ADB on line. Trove.nla.gov.au. Retrieved on 26 August 2011.
  5. ^ British history on-line. British-history.ac.uk (3 March 1972). Retrieved on 26 August 2011.
  6. ^ Project Canterbury. Anglicanhistory.org. Retrieved on 26 August 2011.
  7. ^ “Bishop Tufnell and Queensland education, 1860–1874” Lawry,J.R: Melbourne, Monash University, 1966
  8. ^ Unidentified (1931), Front view of Riversleigh, North Quay, Brisbane, ca. 1931, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, retrieved 4 March 2015 
  9. ^ School web-site. Bishoptufnell.w-sussex.sch.uk. Retrieved on 26 August 2011.
  10. ^ Church website. Stmarys-felpham.co.uk. Retrieved on 26 August 2011.
  11. ^ The Peerage – Edward Strutt. Thepeerage.com. Retrieved on 26 August 2011.
  12. ^ The Times, Friday, 4 Dec 1896; pg. 6; Issue 35065; col D Obituary E.W. Tufnell DD
Anglican Communion titles
New diocese Bishop of Brisbane
Succeeded by
Matthew Hale