Martin Sullivan (priest)

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Martin Gloster Sullivan KCVO (30 March 1910 – 5 September 1980) was an Anglican Dean in the third quarter of the 20th century.

He was born in Auckland[1] and was educated at Auckland Grammar School and the University of Auckland. He was ordained in 1934[2] and began his career with a curacy at St Matthew's, Auckland.[3] After that he held incumbencies at Grey Lynn and Te Awamutu. During the Second World War he was a Chaplain to the Forces and when peace returned Principal of College House, Christchurch. In 1950 he was appointed Dean of Christchurch and vicar-general (1951–1961).

Moving to London he was appointed Rector of St Mary's, Bryanston Square in 1962, then Archdeacon of London the following year.[4] In 1967 he became Dean of St Paul's,[5] a post he held for a decade. An eminent author; amongst others he wrote “Children Listen”, 1955; “On Calvary’s Tree”, 1957; “Approach With Joy”, 1961; “A Dean Speaks to New Zealand”, 1962; and “A Funny Thing Happened to me on the way to St Paul’s”, 1968.[6] In 1965, he was made a Freeman of the City of London.

He had married Doris Rosie Grant Cowen in 1934 (daughter of Canon Grant Cowan,[7] she died 1972) and remarried Elizabeth Roberton in St Paul’s Cathedral in 1973. He had no children.

Sullivan died in 1980 at Auckland University.[8]


  1. ^ “Who was Who”1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  2. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory Lambeth, Church House, 1976 0108153674
  3. ^ Church web site Archived 20 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ The Times, Friday, Jun 21, 1963; pg. 14; Issue 55733; col E Ecclesiastical News New Archdeacon Of London
  5. ^ ”The Deans”, Beeson,T.R: London, SCM, 2004 ISBN 0-334-02987-2
  6. ^ Davidson, Allan K. "Martin Gloster Sullivan". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  7. ^ Zealand, National Library of New. "OBITUARY (Evening Post, 1934-07-13)". Retrieved 2016-08-30. 
  8. ^ "Story: Sullivan, Martin Gloster" The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 2017-6-05.