Penny Jamieson

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Penny Jamieson

Bishop of Dunedin
ChurchAnglican Church of New Zealand
DioceseDiocese of Dunedin
In office1989 - 2004
Consecration29 June 1990
Personal details
Birth namePenelope Ann Bansall Allen
Born (1942-06-21) 21 June 1942 (age 76)
Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, England
EducationWycombe High School
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
Victoria University of Wellington

Penelope Ann Bansall "Penny" Jamieson, DCNZM (née Allen; born 21 June 1942) is a retired Anglican bishop. She was the seventh Bishop of Dunedin in the Anglican Church of New Zealand from 1989 until her retirement in 2004. Jamieson was the second woman in the world to hold the position of bishop in the Anglican Communion and the first to be elected a diocesan bishop.

Early life[edit]

Born in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, England in 1942, Jamieson attended Wycombe High School and studied linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, before moving to New Zealand, her husband's country of birth. She worked at the Wellington Inner City Mission while completing her doctoral thesis at Victoria University.

Ordained ministry[edit]

In 1985 she was ordained to priesthood and became assistant curate of St James’ Lower Hutt. After this she was vicar of Karori West with Makara in the Diocese of Wellington.

In 1990 she was elected to head the country's southernmost diocese, the Diocese of Dunedin. She was consecrated a bishop on 29 June 1990. She was challenged by the power-structures of a predominantly male institution and spoke publicly about the difficulties of being the world's first woman diocesan bishop. At her retirement, after 14 years as Bishop of Dunedin, Jamieson expressed her regret that no other woman had been elected a bishop in New Zealand.[1]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Ian Jamieson.[2]

In the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours, Jamieson was appointed a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DCNZM) for services to the community.[3]


  1. ^ "World's first female diocesan Anglican bishop appointed". New Zealand History. History Group of the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 12 July 2015.[dead link]
  2. ^ Anglican Communion Directory, March 2000
  3. ^ "The Queen's Birthday Honours 2004" (11 June 2009) 69 New Zealand Gazette 1635.


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Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Peter Mann
Bishop of Dunedin
Succeeded by
George Connor