John Feetham (bishop)

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The Rt. Revd. John Oliver Feetham (1873-1947), Anglican Bishop of North Queensland from 1913 to 1947.

John Oliver Feetham (28 January 1873 – 14 September 1947) was a long-serving[1] Anglican bishop[2] in Australia who was aligned with the Anglo-Catholic tradition.[3]

Early life[edit]

Feetham was born into an ecclesiastical family, his father was the Reverend William Feetham, Rural Dean of Raglan, Monmouthshire and his mother the daughter of an archdeacon.[4] He was educated at Marlborough College and Trinity Hall, Cambridge.[5][6]

Religious life[edit]

Feetham was ordained in 1899.[7] After a curacy at St Simon Zelotes, Bethnal Green,[8] he was Principal[9] of the Brotherhood of the Good Shepherd (one of the Australian Bush Brotherhoods).[10] In 1913 he was ordained to the episcopate as the fourth Bishop of North Queensland.[11]

Feetham established a number of Anglican schools in North Queensland; All Souls and St Gabriel's in Charters Towers, St Anne's in Townsville and St Mary's in Herberton. [12]

Later life[edit]

Feetham died on 14 September 1947[13] and his ashes were interred beneath the high altar at St James' Cathedral, Townsville.[14]

Feetham is commemorated in the Australian Anglican calendar on 15 September.


  1. ^ "Bishop's Lodge (entry 600883)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  2. ^ James Cook University of North Queensland
  3. ^ Anglo-Catholicism in Australia
  4. ^ Who was Who 1987-1990: London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  5. ^ "Feetham, John Oliver (FTN892JO)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  6. ^ The Times, 14 December 1891 p. 12, "University Intelligence Oxford, Dec. 12"
  7. ^ The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory, London, John Phillips, 1900
  8. ^ Genuki
  9. ^ ADB on-line
  10. ^ NLA Catalogue
  11. ^ "Ecclesiastical Intelligence. New Bishop Of North Queensland", The Times 1 November 1912, p. 4.
  12. ^ Moore, Alison (1981). "Feetham, John Oliver (1873–1947)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  13. ^ "Obituary Bishop Of North Queensland", The Times 16 September 1947, p. 6
  14. ^ Cathedral website
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
George Horsfall Frodsham
Bishop of North Queensland
1913 –1947
Succeeded by
Wilfrid Bernard Belcher