John Grindrod

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The Most Revd
Sir John Grindrod
Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane
Primate of Australia
Church Anglican
See Brisbane
In office 1982-1989
Ordination 1952
Consecration 1967
Personal details
Birth name John Basil Rowland Grindrod
Born (1919-12-14)December 14, 1919
Aughton, Lancashire, England
Died (2009-01-04)January 4, 2009
Helensvale, Australia
Previous post Bishop of Rockhampton

Sir John Basil Rowland Grindrod KBE[1] (14 December 1919[2] – 4 January 2009) was an English-born Australian Anglican bishop. He was the Primate of Australia from 1982 to 1989.

Grindrod was born in Aughton, Lancashire, England.[3] He was educated at Repton School; Queen's College, Oxford[4] (MA Oxon); and Lincoln Theological College. He was ordained a deacon in 1949 and a priest in 1952. He served as a curate at St Michael’s Hulme, Manchester and then in Bundaberg, Queensland. He held incumbencies at All Souls' Ancoats, Manchester; and, moving to Australia, in Emerald, Queensland and North Rockhampton, Queensland while Archdeacon of Rockhampton.;[5] and Christ Church, South Yarra, Victoria.[6]

Grindrod was the Bishop of Riverina from 1966 to 1971 and then Bishop of Rockhampton from 1971 to 1981. He was afterwards the Archbishop of Brisbane[7] until 1989, additionally serving as Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia from 1982 to 1989. He took Australian citizenship in 1982 and was awarded a knighthood (KBE) in the 1983 New Year's Day Honours for services to religion.

Most of Grindrod's retirement years were spent in Murwillumbah in northern New South Wales then, from 2006, in Helensvale on the Gold Coast. He died, aged 89, on 4 January 2009, after a long illness.[8]


  1. ^ Career highlights Archived 2008-07-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Burke’s Peerage
  3. ^ "The Most Reverend John Grindrod ", The Daily Telegraph, 27 January 2009.
  4. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  5. ^ Crockford's clerical directory1975-76 Lambeth< Church House, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  6. ^ Vicars of CCSY Archived 2010-01-09 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ List of archbishops Archived 2008-07-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Grindrod, Sir John Basil (1919-2009), Obituaries Australia Website

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Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Hector Robinson
Bishop of Riverina
1966 – 1971
Succeeded by
Barry Hunter
Preceded by
Donald Shearman
Bishop of Rockhampton
1971 – 1979
Succeeded by
George Hearn
Preceded by
Felix Arnott
Archbishop of Brisbane
1979 – 1989
Succeeded by
Peter Hollingworth
Preceded by
Marcus Loane
Primate of Australia
1982 – 1989
Succeeded by
Keith Rayner