Reginald Owen (bishop)

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Reginald Herbert Owen (25 May 1887 24 February 1961) was an Oxford don, public school headmaster, Anglican bishop [1] and finally Archbishop [2] during the 20th century.

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Early life

Born on 25 May 1887 [3] he was educated at Dulwich College [4] and Wadham College, Oxford.

Dulwich College independent school for boys in Dulwich, southeast London, England

Dulwich College is a 2–19 independent, boarding school for boys in Dulwich, London, England. It was founded in 1619 by Edward Alleyn, an Elizabethan actor, with the original purpose of educating 12 poor scholars as the foundation of 'God's Gift'. Admission by examination is mainly into years 3, 7, 9, and 12 to the Junior, Lower, Middle and Upper Schools into which the college is divided. It is a member of both the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference and the Eton Group.

Wadham College, Oxford college of the University of Oxford

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Alternating between secondary and tertiary education he was an Assistant Master at Clifton College; a Fellow and Lecturer of Worcester College, Oxford; Headmaster of Uppingham School; and Fellow, Chaplain [5] and Lecturer at Brasenose College, Oxford before his elevation to the Episcopate as Bishop of Wellington in 1947. In addition he was Primate of New Zealand from 1952 [6] until his resignation on 29 February 1960.

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Clifton College grade II listed independent school (UK) in Bristol, United kingdom

Clifton College is a co-educational independent school in the suburb of Clifton in the city of Bristol in South West England, founded in 1862. In its early years it was notable for emphasising science rather than classics in the curriculum, and for being less concerned with social elitism, e.g. by admitting day-boys on equal terms and providing a dedicated boarding house for Jewish boys, called Polacks. Having linked its General Studies classes with Badminton School, it admitted girls to the Sixth Form in 1987 and is now fully coeducational. Polacks house closed in 2005.

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Later life and death

He died on 24 February 1961. [7]


  1. National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives
  2. NZETC
  3. “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN   978-0-19-954087-7
  4. Cricket archive
  5. Crockford's Clerical Directory1940-41 Oxford, OUP,1941
  6. New Primate Of New Zealand The Times Wednesday, 12 March 1952; pg. 6; Issue 52258; col D
  7. The Times, Saturday, 25 February 1961; pg. 8; Issue 55015; col E Dr. R. H. Owen Former Primate Of New Zealand
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Herbert St Barbe Holland
Bishop of Wellington
1947 1960
Succeeded by
Henry Wolfe Baines
Preceded by
Campbell West-Watson
Archbishop of New Zealand
1952 1960
Succeeded by
Norman Alfred Lesser

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