James Turner (bishop)

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James Francis Turner (1829 – 27 April 1893[1][2]) was the second Bishop of Grafton and Armidale[3] in the 19th century.[4]

Turner was born in Yarmouth[5] Norfolk, in 1829,[6] educated at Durham University where he graduated BA in 1851 and MA in 1853. He received a by diploma in 1868.[5] He was ordained deacon in 1852, and priest in 1853.[5][7] He was Chaplain of Bishop Cosin's Hall, Durham[8] and then held incumbencies at Canons Ashby and North Tidworth before his appointment to become Bishop of Grafton and Armidale.[9] On 24 February 1869, Turner was ordained and consecrated a bishop, in Westminster Abbey,[10] by Archibald Campbell Tait, Archbishop of Canterbury; George Selwyn, Bishop of New Zealand; and six other prelates.[5]

On 10 September 1869 he was formally enthroned in his Cathedral-Designate: St Peters Armidale. This legally triggered three events: 1. He formally became the first Bishop of Grafton and Armidale, 2. The Diocese of Grafton and Armidale formally came into being, and 3. St Peter's Armidale formally became a Cathedral.

For further information on Bishop James Turner, see: http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/turner-james-francis-4761

Turner died in Rome, Italy, on his way to England, on 27 April 1893.[1]


  1. ^ a b Aubrey, Keith H. "Turner, James Francis (1829–1893)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  2. ^ The Times, Monday, Jan 01, 1894; pg. 14; Issue 34149; col A Obituary For 1893
  3. ^ The Sydney Morning Herald. - Aug 6, 1887
  4. ^ Armidale Tourism
  5. ^ a b c d Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Turner, Right Rev. James Francis". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource 
  6. ^ Pitt Rivers Museum
  7. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  8. ^ Later merged with University College
  9. ^ ”The Story of The Anglican Church in Australia” Symonds, E. London, SPCK, 1898
  10. ^ "Church news (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#317). 26 February 1869. p. 85. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 10 April 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
William Collinson Sawyer
Bishop of Grafton and Armidale
Succeeded by
Arthur Vincent Green