William Cowper

Deceased Person

1810 – 1902


Who was William Cowper?

William Macquarie Cowper was an Australian Anglican archdeacon and Dean of Sydney.

Cowper was born in Sydney, the son of the Revd William Cowper, assistant colonial chaplain, and his second wife, Ann . Educated by his father and at the University of Oxford, he graduated BA in 1833 and MA in 1835. He returned to Australia in 1836 and was made chaplain at Port Stephens, New South Wales where he remained for 20 years. He then became Acting Principal of Moore Theological College, Sydney, for a few months after the college opened at Liverpool on 1 March 1856.

In 1858 Cowper succeeded his father at St Philip's Church, Sydney. Later the same year he was appointed Archdeacon and Dean of Sydney. He several times acted as commissary for bishops Frederic Barker and Alfred Barry during their absences in England. He was admired for his piety and kindliness. He died, aged 91, on 14 June 1902 and was buried at St Jude's cemetery, Randwick. He was married twice and was survived by his children. He published Episcopate of the Right Reverend Frederic Barker, D.D. in 1888 and his autobiography, The Autobiography and Reminiscences of William Macquarie Cowper, was published soon after his death.

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Jul 3, 1810
  • University of Oxford
Jun 14, 1902

on July 23, 2013


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