Ian George

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Ian Gordon Combe George AO (born 12 August 1934) was the third Archbishop of Adelaide and Metropolitan of South Australia from 1991 to 2004.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

George was educated at St Peter's College, Adelaide and the University of Adelaide.[2]


After an earlier career as a lawyer, he was ordained a priest in 1964. He held curacies at St Thomas's, Mamaroneck and St David's, Burnside;[3] and was then priest in charge at St Barbara's, Woomera. After this he was a chaplain and lecturer in history at the University of Western Australia. He was Dean of Brisbane from 1973 to 1981 when he became Archdeacon of Canberra. In 1989, he was appointed an assistant bishop of the diocese[4] and in 1991 was translated to Adelaide.

George ordained five women to the priesthood on 5 December 1992 at St Peter's Cathedral in Adelaide.[5]

In 2004, George resigned from the role of archbishop due to mishandling of sex abuse allegations. This was just 10 weeks before he was due to retire. [6] In 2016, he admitted he should have listened to the priest who blew the whistle on the Brandenburg sex-abuse scandal that engulfed the church and cost him his job. [7] [8] [9]

Personal life[edit]

George is married to Barbara George.[10]


  1. ^ St Columba College
  2. ^ Who's Who, 2007" London, AC Black, 2006 ISBN 978-0-7136-7527-6
  3. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  4. ^ Anglican Archives Archived 10 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
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  10. ^ Anglican Communion Directory, March 2000
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Keith Rayner
Archbishop of Adelaide
1991 - 2004
Succeeded by
Jeffrey Driver