Reginald Owen (bishop)

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Reginald Herbert Owen (25 May 1887 – 24 February 1961) was an Oxford don, public school headmaster, Anglican bishop[1] and finally Archbishop[2] during the 20th century.

Early life[edit]

Born on 25 May 1887[3] he was educated at Dulwich College[4] and Wadham College, Oxford.


Alternating between secondary and tertiary education he was an Assistant Master at Clifton College; a Fellow and Lecturer of Worcester College, Oxford; Headmaster of Uppingham School; and Fellow, Chaplain [5] and Lecturer at Brasenose College, Oxford before his elevation to the Episcopate as Bishop of Wellington in 1947. In addition he was Primate of New Zealand from 1952[6] until his death in 1961.

Later life and death[edit]

He died on 24 February 1961.[7]


  1. ^ National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives
  2. ^ NZETC
  3. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  4. ^ Cricket archive
  5. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1940-41 Oxford, OUP,1941
  6. ^ New Primate Of New Zealand The Times Wednesday, 12 March 1952; pg. 6; Issue 52258; col D
  7. ^ The Times, Saturday, 25 February 1961; pg. 8; Issue 55015; col E Dr. R. H. Owen Former Primate Of New Zealand

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Herbert St Barbe Holland
Bishop of Wellington
1947 – 1960
Succeeded by
Henry Wolfe Baines
Preceded by
Campbell West-Watson
Archbishop of New Zealand
1952 – 1960
Succeeded by
Norman Alfred Lesser