Peter Sutton (bishop)

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The Rt Rev Peter Eves Sutton CBE OStJ (7 June 1923 – 23 March 2013) was a New Zealand Anglican church leader. He served as the 8th Bishop of Nelson from 1965 until 1990.


Born in Wellington in 1923,[1] Sutton was educated at Nelson College from 1938 to 1940.[2] He then studied at Canterbury University College, graduating with a Master of Arts degree in 1947.[3] At Canterbury, Sutton won a university blue for golf and served as president of the student union.[1]

Ordained in 1947,[4] he began his career with curacies at Whanganui, St John the Evangelist Bethnal Green, and Bishops Hatfield. He was then Vicar of St Cuthberts, Berhampore (1952–58) and Whangarei (1958–64). He was Archdeacon of Waimate from 1962 to 1964 and then Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin. On 24 August 1965 he was consecrated to the Episcopate[5] and served as the eighth Bishop of Nelson for 25 years.[1]

As bishop, Sutton was ex officio a member of the Cawthron Institute trust board and was its chairman for 10 years. He was an outspoken opponent of apartheid in South Africa and led a protest march in Nelson during the 1981 Springbok tour.[1]

In 1985 Sutton was appointed an Officer of the Order of St John.[6] Following his retirement as Bishop of Nelson, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1990 Queen's Birthday Honours.[7]

Sutton died in Nelson in 2013.[1] Following his funeral service at Christ Church Cathedral, Nelson,[1] he was buried in Marsden Valley Cemetery, Stoke.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Moore, Bill (8 April 2013). "Caring bishop a popular figure". Nelson Mail. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  2. ^ Nelson College Old Boys' Register, 1856–2006, 6th edition (CD-ROM).
  3. ^ "New Zealand university graduates 1870–1961: Sl–Sz". Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  5. ^ ACANZP Lectionary, 2009 (p. 96)
  6. ^ "No. 50023". The London Gazette. 31 January 1985. p. 1361.
  7. ^ "No. 52174". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 1990. p. 30.
  8. ^ "Cemeteries database". Nelson City Council. 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2014.

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Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Francis Oag Hulme-Moir
Bishop of Nelson
Succeeded by
Derek Lionel Eaton