Samuel Marsden (bishop)

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Samuel Edward Marsden (1832 – 15 October 1912) was an Anglican bishop. He was the first Anglican Bishop of Bathurst.[1]

Marsden was born into a clerical family in Sydney, New South Wales: his grandfather was the Rev. Samuel Marsden, formerly senior chaplain at Parramatta.[2] He came to England as a boy and was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating BA in 1855.[3][4] Ordained in 1855, his first positions were curacies within the Diocese of Hereford. From 1861 to 1869 he was Vicar of Bengeworth when he was ordained to the episcopate. Widely praised for his "helpful teaching, sympathy and liberal gifts",[2] he resigned his post in 1885.[5] Returning to England, he continued to serve as an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Gloucester.[4] After his death in, Clifton, Bristol, a memorial was erected to his memory in St. Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney.[6]


  1. ^ Australian Dictionary of Biography
  2. ^ a b "Deaths: Rt Rev Samuel Edward Marsden", The Times, 18 October 1912, p.1
  3. ^ "Marden,. Samuel Edward (MRSN851SE)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ a b Who was Who 1897-1990, London, A & C Black, 1991. ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  5. ^ Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Marsden, Right Rev. Samuel Edward". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource 
  6. ^ Memorial details
Religious titles
Preceded by
Inaugural Appointment
Anglican Bishop of Bathurst
Succeeded by
Charles Edward Camidge