Frank Woods (bishop)

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Frank Woods

Archbishop of Melbourne
ChurchAnglican Church of Australia
ProvinceProvince of Victoria
DioceseDiocese of Melbourne
In office1958 to 1977
PredecessorJoseph Booth
SuccessorBob Dann
Other post(s)Anglican Primate of Australia (1971–1977)
Ordination1932 (priest)
by Cyril Garbett
Personal details
Born(1907-04-06)6 April 1907
Died29 November 1992(1992-11-29) (aged 85)
EducationMarlborough College
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge

Sir Frank Woods KBE ChStJ (6 April 1907 – 29 November 1992) was an English-born Anglican bishop. From 1957 to 1977, he served as Archbishop of Melbourne. He was additionally the Primate of Australia between 1971 and 1977.

Early life[edit]

Woods was the son of the Right Reverend Edward Sydney Woods (1877-1953), Bishop of Lichfield, and Clemence Barclay. He was the brother of Samuel Woods, an archdeacon in New Zealand, and Robin Woods, Bishop of Worcester, and a nephew of Theodore Woods, who served as Bishop of Winchester. He was educated at Marlborough before going up to Trinity College, Cambridge.

Ordained ministry[edit]

Woods was ordained as a priest in 1932,[1] After a curacy at St Mary's Church, Portsea in the Diocese of Portsmouth he became chaplain of his Cambridge alma mater, Trinity College.[2] He then became Vice-Principal of Wells Theological College. During the Second World War he served as a chaplain in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and then, successively, a vicar in Huddersfield (1945–52); Suffragan Bishop of Middleton (1952–57);[3] and, in 1957, Archbishop of Melbourne for over 20 years.[4] From 1971 he was also the Anglican Primate of Australia.


KBE insignia

Woods was appointed, on 3 June 1972, a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE).[5] He used the title of "Sir", as is the established protocol in Australia for knighted clergy.[6][7] He was also a Chaplain of the Order of St John.


  1. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975–76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  2. ^ "Who was Who 1897–1990", London, A & C Black, 1991, ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ The Times, 19 November 1951; p. 6; "New Bishop Suffragan of Middleton: Right Rev. F. Woods"
  4. ^ The Times, 23 August 1957, p. 8; "New Archbishop of Melbourne: Most Rev. F. Woods"
  5. ^ "It's an Honour: KBE"
  6. ^ East Melbourne Historical Society, "Archbishop Frank Woods (1907–1992)"
  7. ^ Archbishop Frank Woods 1907–92 : a tribute compiled by Anglican Media
Church of England titles
Preceded by Bishop of Middleton
1952 to 1958
Succeeded by
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by Archbishop of Melbourne
1957 to 1977
Succeeded by
Preceded by Primate of Australia
1971 to 1977
Succeeded by