Frank Woods (Archbishop of Melbourne)

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The Most Reverend
Sir Frank Woods
Archbishop of Melbourne
Church Anglican Church of Australia
Province Province of Victoria
Diocese Diocese of Melbourne
In office 1958 to 1977
Predecessor Joseph Booth
Successor Bob Dann
Other posts Anglican Primate of Australia (1971-1977)
Ordination 1932 (priest)
Consecration 1952
by Cyril Garbett
Personal details
Born (1907-04-06)6 April 1907
Died 29 November 1992(1992-11-29) (aged 85)
Education Marlborough College
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge

Sir Frank Woods, KBE (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, the son of one bishop (Edward Woods, Bishop of Lichfield) and nephew of another (Frank Woods, Bishop of Winchester), 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
Edward Worsfold Mowll
Bishop of Middleton
1952 to 1958
Succeeded by
Robert Nelson
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Joseph John Booth
Archbishop of Melbourne
1957 to 1977
Succeeded by
Robert William Dann
Preceded by
Sir Philip Strong
Primate of Australia
1971 to 1977
Succeeded by
Sir Marcus Loane