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Stretch, John Carlos William (1885 - 1967)

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The son of bishop John Francis Stretch, Carlos Stretch served in the clergy as a priest, a Deacon and a Canon mostly in the Hunter Region of New South Wales. He was also a keen student of Aboriginal Culture and left behind considerable records and notes.

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The son of the first Australian born Anglican bishop, John Francis Stretch, John Carlos Stretch was educated at Trinity College, Melbourne (1905 - 1907) and St Johnís College Armidale. He was ordained Dean in 1909 and Priest in 1911, obtaining his Licentiate of Theology in 1911. Apart from a couple of years as Deacon at Christ Church Adelaide, South Australia (1910-1911), he lived and served most of his time in the Hunter Region. He served as Deacon-in-Charge of West Wallsend (1909-1910) and Merriwa (1911-1912), and as Priest-in-Charge of Toronto (1916-1918) and Weston (1921), before becoming Rector of Dungog (1922-1926), Merriwa (1926-1934) and, finally, St Paulís Maitland (1934-1953), where he spent the bulk of his career. He became Rural Dean of Maitland in 1943 until his retirement in 1953, as well as Canon of Christ Church Cathedral Newcastle from 1952-1953. He was a photographer of note and loved keeping journals of his travels around the countryside in his automobile. He was also greatly interested in Aboriginal culture, especially the native languages, leaving a voluminous collection of word listings, indexes, manuscript notes, newsclippings, as well as a modest library. His correspondence reflected his interests in Aboriginal place names and fascination for the language and culture. In this regard he resembled another clergyman, the Rev L.E. Threlkeld, who, with his Aboriginal advisor, companion and friend, Biraban, recorded the words and soundings of the Awabakal language and other indigenous tongues of the Region.
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Created: 20 September 2002
Modified: 15 December 2003

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

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