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St John's Theological College, Morpeth (1898 - )

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Location: Armidale, later Morpeth, New South Wales

St John's Theological College was founded in 1898 and began its life in Armidale. In 1918 it was accepted into the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle and relocated to its current position at Morpeth.

St John's Theological College was founded by the Right Rev'd A.V. Green (Bishop of Grafton and Armidale) in 1898. The College had humble beginnings and comprised initially of just a single cottage in Armidale housing only four students and it became known as "the poor man's college." The college continued to grow steadily but it was not until 1918, when Rev'd E.H Burgmann was appointed Warden, that the college began to take on a wider importance. The original plan was for St John's to become a training center for New South Wales and Queensland clergy but this was not proceeded with. However, the Right Rev'd Reginald Stephen, the Bishop of Newcastle, announced that his diocese would welcome the college and would be prepared to offer them land adjoining old Bishop's court at Morpeth. Buildings have been added tothe site over time including the College Chapel in 1941. Until the 1980's the college concentrated on preparing candidates for ordained ministry. However, over the last few decades it has expanded its course offering and now caters for a wider range of students including residential and part time students.
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Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: James Crowley
Created: 18 July 2002
Modified: 7 November 2002

Published by The Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 5 April 2004
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Updated: 23 February 2010

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