William Webber (bishop)
Webber was born in London, the son of a surgeon, William Webber. He was educated at Tonbridge School, Kent, at Norwich under Dr John Woolley and Pembroke College, Oxford where he obtained B.A. in 1859 and M.A. in 1862. He was ordained a deacon in 1860 and a priest in 1861.
Webber spent four years as curate of Chiswick (1860–64) and was a member of the London School Board (1882–85). He was consecrated bishop of Brisbane on 11 June 1885 in St Paul's Cathedral, London and enthroned on 17 November 1885 in St John's Cathedral, Brisbane. He brought clergymen over from Oxford and Cambridge Universities for work in Queensland on five-year tours of duty.
Webber visited England in 1888 to attend the Pan-Anglican synod at Lambeth. He spent a lot of his time in raising funds, including money for a cathedral in Brisbane but died before work commenced. Webber visited England again in 1901, and early in 1902 preached by command before King Edward VII at Sandringham. He fell ill during the year and on his return in May 1903 his condition worsened. He died in Brisbane and was buried in Toowong Cemetery[dubious ].
- George P. Shaw, 'Webber, William Thomas Thornhill (1837 - 1903)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 12, MUP, 1990, p. 429.
Sources listed by the Australian Dictionary of Biography:
- Church of England Diocese of Brisbane, Proceedings of Synod, 1884-1904 and Year Book, 1890-1904; K. Rayner, The History of the Church of England in Queensland (Ph.D. thesis, University of Queensland, 1962); Webber papers (Church of England Diocesan Archives, Brisbane).
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