Tom Stanage

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For Australian historian, academic, Australian rules football player and administrator (1944-2012), see Tom Stannage

Thomas Shaun Stanage (born 1932) was bishop of Bloemfontein in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa from 1982 to 1997.


Stanage was born in Ireland in 1932 and was educated at Pembroke College, Oxford (BA 1956, MA 1960) and Cuddesdon College (1956–58).

He was ordained deacon in 1958, priest in 1959 and bishop in 1978 and went on to serve as an assistant curate of Great Crosby St Faith 1958–61, Minister of Orford St Andrew Conventional District (1961–63) and vicar of St Andrew's Church, Orford (1963–70).

He has lived and worked in South Africa since 1970. In 1975 he was appointed Dean of Kimberley, remaining in office until 1978 when he was elected suffragan bishop of Johannesburg. He was appointed as the diocesan bishop, holding the see of Bloemfontein from 1982 until his retirement in 1997, Since retiring, he has been a lecturer in theology in the University of the Free State.

He received the degree of Doctor of Divinity honoris causa from Nashotah House in 1986.


The arms granted to Stanage are blazoned Per chevron ploys, Azure and Argent, the peak ensigned with a fleur-de-lis Or, in dexter chief a horse salient contoumè and in sinister chief a lion rampant, Argent, in base a Celtic cross issuant Gules, voided Argent; the shield ensigned of an episcopal mitre proper.


Anglican Church of Southern Africa titles
Preceded by
George A. Pullen
Dean of Kimberley
1975 –1978
Succeeded by
Roy Snyman
Preceded by
Suffragan Bishop of Johannesburg
1976 –1982
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Frederick Amoore
Bishop of Bloemfontein
Succeeded by
Patrick Glover