James Udy

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Reverend James Stuart Udy OAM (30 September 1920 – 24 February 2003) was an Australian Uniting Church minister, Master of Wesley College, University of Sydney, author and President of the World Methodist Historical Society from 1977 until 1983.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Jim Udy was a Methodist minister, and one of three brothers who became ministers of religion. Gloster Udy was his older brother, and Richard Udy was his younger brother. James attended Newington College (1930),[2] North Sydney Boys High School, Maitland High School, University of Sydney and Boston University. James married Anne Benua after meeting on a European bike tour that he took and together they had six children.

Military chaplain[edit]

Udy offered himself for service as a chaplain immediately after his ordination at Melbourne in January 1945. After his arrival on the island of Morotai with an engineer unit, he organised the construction of a chapel, which was dedicated on 25 July. Shortly afterwards, Udy was posted to 2/26 Supply Depot Company on the island of Labuan, where, after the Japanese surrender, another chapel (built to the same plans as the first) was constructed by 2/14 Works Unit. During this period, Chaplain Udy worked extensively with repatriated Prisoners of War, and with their Japanese former captors.[3]


  • Paul: A Conflux of Streams (Syd, 1956)
  • Campus Marks of Christian Presence (Syd, 1968)
  • Living Stones (Syd, 1974)
  • Dig or Die (Syd, 1980)
  • Christians and Churches in Socialist Countries (Syd, 1982)
  • Church Union in Australia (Syd, 1983)
  • A Pride Of Lions (Syd, 1990)
  • One More Challenge (Syd, 2001)


  1. ^ Who's Who in Australia 1988 (Herald & Weekly Times Melb, 1988) pp 889: Udy, James Stuart (1920 - )
  2. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863-1998 (Syd, 1999) pp 203
  3. ^ Picture Australia