William John Simkin


William John Simkin

Wilfred John Simkin CMG(b 15 June 1883 - d 8 July 1967) was the 6th Anglican Bishop of Auckland whose Episcopate spanned a 20 year period during the middle of the 20th century [ The Times, Friday, Jun 10, 1960; pg. 11; Issue 54794; col C "Resignation of the Bishop of Auckland" ] . Born in Staffordshire he was educated at "The Prince of Wales School", Rugeley and "Lichfield Theological College" [ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 071363457X] before embarking on an ecclesiastical career with a curacy at " Christ Church, Stafford" [ [http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/STS/Stafford/ChristChurch/index.html Parish details] ] . 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 [ [http://www.holy-trinity.org.nz/163.php Diocesan Profile] ] he worked tirelessly to complete the building of Holy Trinity Cathedral..

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