Samuel Tarratt Nevill (1837 - 1921)

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Birthplace: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK
Death: Died in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Occupation: Bishop of Dunedin, Primate of New Zealand
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About Samuel Tarratt Nevill

Bishop of Dunedin and (Arch-Bishop) Primate of New Zealand.

From an early age he desired ordination, but was unable to pursue this until 1858, when he received a legacy from his grandfather.

Attended St Aiden's Theological College, Birkenhead.

For one year enrolled as an extramural student of Trinity College, Dublin.

Ordained deacon in 1860 and appointed curate of Scarisbrick in the parish of Ormskirk, Lancashire, where he met his wife-to-be.

Journeyed to NZ with his wife in 1870.

Spent some time in Wellington.

Visited his brother-in-law James at Annedale near Tinui, travelling by pony chaise. Journal is at the Hocken Library in Dunedin. Article in Wairarapa Times Age, 27/1/2007.

Bishop of Dunedin in 1871 to 1919.

Had no children, but adopted at least four of his orphaned nieces and nephews. These included Mary's sister Harriet's daughter, Sister Etheleen (born Ethel Ellen Waller) and his brother Edmund's three children, Emily (Mrs Campbell Gillies), Guy and "Canon Nevill of the Cathedral" .

Despite the diocese's chronic shortage of funds, the Anglican church in Otago and Southland expanded significantly during his time, from 10 clergy and 14 churches in 1871 to 43 clergy and 75 churches in 1919,

Elected Primate of New Zealand on 1st Feb 1904.

Newspapers elected to use the prefix Arch-bishop.

Was criticised for his extravagant spending, much of it his wife's family's money.

Married a second time 10-12 months after his first wife died.

Had signed a bond requiring him to pay 10000 pounds to James Parker Penny's estate within 6 months of the death of his 1st wife.

This he did not pay, which led to complicated legal proceedings which went to the court of appeal in London.

His 2nd wife (who was a companion of his 1st wife) was under 30 when he was over 70.

Retired in 1919.

The Nevill Chapel of St. Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin is named after him.

Had a niece named Elizabeth Nevill (known as Bessie or Sister Elspeth).

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Rev. Samuel Tarratt Nevill's Timeline

1837
May 13, 1837
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK
1863
1863
Age 25
Exeter, Devon, England, United Kingdom
1906
September, 1906
Age 69
Dorset, England, United Kingdom
1921
October 29, 1921
Age 84
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
November 1, 1921
Age 84
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand