Hubert Cunliffe-Jones

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The Reverend Professor
Hubert Cunliffe-Jones DD
Born (1905-03-30)30 March 1905
Strathfield, New South Wales
Died (1991-01-03)3 January 1991
Billericay, Essex
Nationality Australian
Education Newington College
University of Sydney
Camden College
Mansfield College, Oxford
Occupation Minister
Spouse(s) Maude Edith, née Clifton (1933)
Children 2 daughters, 2 sons
Parent(s) Walter and Maud Cunliffe-Jones

Hubert Cunliffe-Jones (30 March 1905 – 3 January 1991) was an Australian-born Congregational Church minister and author, who became chairman of the Congregational Union of England and Wales and a professor at the University of Manchester. He had an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from the University of Edinburgh.[1]

Early life[edit]

Cunliffe-Jones was born in Strathfield, New South Wales, the son of the Reverend Walter and Maud Cunliffe-Jones. His father was minister of the Strathfield-Homebush Congregational church (now Uniting Church – Korean Parish).[2] He was educated at Newington College (1917–1921)[3] and in his final year was awarded one of three Wigram Allen Scholarships. These were presented by Sir George Wigram Allen following a special examination in March of each year, for classics, mathematics and general proficiency. In 1921, Cunliffe-Jones received the scholarship in classics and William Morrow for general proficiency.[4] In 1922, he went up to the University of Sydney from whence he graduated as a Bachelor of Arts in 1925.[5] He then studied theology at Camden College, Glebe, and was ordained. Cunliffe-Jones married Maude Edith Clifton in 1933.



In 1930, Cunliffe-Jones went to England and read theology at Mansfield, the then Nonconformist college of the University of Oxford. After parish work in Witney he became a tutor in systematic theology at Yorkshire United Independent College, Bradford.[7] In 1947 he became Principal of Yorkshire. Eleven years later, in 1958, Cunliffe-Jones was appointed Associate Principal of the Northern Congregational College in Manchester whilst lecturing at the University of Manchester. In 1966 he was made Professor, History of Doctrine, at Manchester University and from 1968 until 1973 he was Professor of Theology. Following his retirement, Cunliffe-jones was Professor Emeritus. After his wife Maude died on 28 August 1989 Cunliffe-Jones lived with Margaret, his elder daughter, at her home in Essex. He died in 1991, survived by two daughters and two sons.


  • The Holy Spirit (London: Independent Press) 1943
  • The Authority of the Biblical Revelation (London: Clarke) 1945
  • --do.--(Boston: Pilgrim Press) 1948
  • Deuteronomy: introduction and commentary (London: SCM Press) 1951
  • Technology, Community and Church (London: Independent Press) 1961
  • Christian Theology since 1600 (London: Duckworth) 1970 [8]


  1. ^ Who Was Who 1920–2008 Online Edition
  2. ^ Strathfield History
  3. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863–1998 (Syd, 1999) pp 46
  4. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863–1998 (Syd, 1999) Part 2 – The Lists
  5. ^ Alumni Sidneienses
  6. ^ Surman Index
  7. ^ "PERSONAL". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 2 June 1937. p. 16. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  8. ^ National Library of Australia Catalogue