John Simkin

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Wilfred John Simkin CMG (15 June 1883 – 8 July 1967) was the 6th Anglican Bishop of Auckland whose Episcopate spanned a 20-year period during the middle of the 20th century.[1] Born in Staffordshire he was educated at The Prince of Wales School, Rugeley and Lichfield Theological College[2] before embarking on an ecclesiastical career with a curacy at Christ Church, Stafford.[3] Emigrating to New Zealand in 1911 he was successively Vicar of Wairoa, Private Chaplain to the Bishop of Waiapu and Archdeacon of Hawkes Bay before elevation to the See of Auckland in 1940. An enigmatic man,[4] he worked tirelessly to complete the building of Holy Trinity Cathedral.


  1. ^ The Times, Friday, 10 Jun 1960; pg. 11; Issue 54794; col C Resignation of the Bishop of Auckland
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897–1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ Parish details
  4. ^ Diocesan Profile
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Alfred Walter Averill
Bishop of Auckland, NZ
Succeeded by
Eric Austin Gowing