George Swartz

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George Alfred Swartz was the ninth Bishop of Kimberley and Kuruman.[1] He was born on 8 September 1928 and died in retirement in Cape Town on New Year’s Eve 2006.[2]


Swartz was educated at the University of the Witwatersrand and Pembroke College, Cambridge.[3]

Priesthood and elevation to Episcopate[edit]

Ordained in 1955, he began his career with a Curacy in Cape Town and held a number of pastoral posts in the area before becoming a Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese in 1972.

Translation to Kimberley and Kuruman[edit]

Eleven years later he was translated to Kimberley and Kuruman where he remained until retirement.

Link with the Diocese of Atlanta[edit]

Bishop Swartz originated a link between Kimberley and Kuruman and the Diocese of Atlanta in the United States of America, and on 5 June 1984 he was awarded Freedom of the City of Compton.[4]


  1. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  2. ^ Announcement of his death
  3. ^ Who’s Who 1992 London, A & C Black, 1992 ISBN 0-7136-3514-2
  4. ^ Diamond Fields Advertiser 5 June 2009, p 12
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Graham Charles Chadwick
Bishop of Kimberley and Kuruman
1983 –1991
Succeeded by
Winston Njongonkulu Ndungane