The Brisbane episcopate of St. Clair Donaldson 1904-1921

Kidd, Alexander Philip (1996). The Brisbane episcopate of St. Clair Donaldson 1904-1921 PhD Thesis, School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics, The University of Queensland.

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Author Kidd, Alexander Philip
Thesis Title The Brisbane episcopate of St. Clair Donaldson 1904-1921
School, Centre or Institute School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1996
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
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Total pages 293
Language eng
Subjects 210304 Biography
220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Formatted abstract
In August 1903 the third Bishop of Brisbane died. It was not until some seventeen months later, in December 1904, that St Clair Donaldson became its fourth bishop, and in the following year its first archbishop and metropolitan of the Province of Queensland. The events leading up to his appointment, the state of the diocese he presided over for seventeen years, and the part he played on the national Church stage form the background of this thesis. Donaldson inherited a diocese which financially was not strong, and during his time in Brisbane there were more lean years than fat. Finance was a limiting factor to his achievements as a builder, and to expansion within the diocese. Nevertheless five years after his arrival the first section of the new cathedral had been completed (if not paid for), and at the end of his term the building of St Martin's Hospital had been started. These were his legacy of stone and mortar to the diocese.

His reaction to some of the problems which arose from the conditions under which the clergy worked, his hopes for training a native clergy, and the state of diocesan finances are discussed. Donaldson's attitude to public morality, the Empire, conscription for the war, his views on education, and the start of the diocesan secondary school system, and his masterly handling of the Yarrabah crises reveal something of his character, and his success as a diocesan bishop and metropolitan.

But Donaldson was concerned not only with local issues. His unshakeable belief in the ideal of a national Church, and his efforts to achieve his ideal through the strengthening of the powers of General Synod, and the breaking of the nexus which bound the Church of England in Australia and the Church in England together placed him at the forefront of other churchmen of his day who held similar views. This and his diocesan ascendancy assured his place in Australian Anglican history as a great episcopal statesman.
Keyword Anglican Church of Australia -- Queensland -- History
Donaldson, St. Clair George Alfred, 1863-1935
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