William Elsey

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For the rugby player, see William Elsey (rugby player).

William Edward Elsey was an Anglican bishop in the first half of the 20th century.

Early life[edit]

Elsey was born into a sporting family[1] on 4 July 1880 in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England,[2] and educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Louth and Lincoln College, Oxford.[3]

Religious life[edit]

Ordained in 1905 Elsey was initially a curate at St Faith's Stepney and then its Priest in charge.[4] In 1914 he began a long period of service overseas, firstly as a member of the Bush Brotherhood of St Boniface in the Anglican Diocese of Bunbury, Western Australia, then its Warden, following which he was elevated to the Episcopate as Bishop of Kalgoorlie.[5] During World War II, he was a chaplain to the Australian Armed Forces

Later life[edit]

Elsey retired in 1950 and died in Perth, Western Australia on 25 September 1966.[6][7]


  1. ^ Brother’s horse training career
  2. ^ "FreeBMD Entry Info". www.freebmd.org.uk. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Who was Who 1897–1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  4. ^ EoLFHS web-site
  5. ^ Consecration details
  6. ^ "Obituary- The Rt. Rev. W. E. Elsey". The Times Monday, 26 September 1966; pg. 10; Issue 56746; col G
  7. ^ Ancestry.com. Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Cyril Henry Golding-Bird
Bishop of Kalgoorlie
1919– 1950
Succeeded by
Cecil Emerson Barron Muschamp