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Archbishop Sir Frank Woods interviewed by Mark Cranfield [sound recording]
Bib ID 1594098
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Woods, Frank, Sir, 1907-1992, Interviewee
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1983 
6 sound tape reels. 

Sir Frank Woods talks about his parents and grandparents; his family connections to the Quakers; Quakerism and Anglicanism; his Father's time as an army chaplain; his schooling at Camberley and New Beacon Preparatory School; Marlborough College; his friend Kenneth Blackburn; his siblings; the First World War; Sandhurst; teaching English in Egypt; a visit to Jerusalem; Trinity College, Cambridge; the Student Christian Movement; Chaplain Edward Michael Gresford Jones and the 'Windmill Party'; studying Theology; Westcott House; his ordination (1931); joining the Parish of St Mary's, Portsea as a curate; becoming Chaplain of Trinity College; meeting his wife and becoming engaged (1935); student politics; interdenominational activities at Cambridge; mission work in "slum parishes" in London; Rover Scout Group; appointment as Examining Chaplain to the Bishop of Bristol; Wells Theological College; getting married at St Albans Abbey; Jean Woods' role as a clergyman's wife; his appointment as Vice-Principal of Wells Theological College; becoming an Army Chaplain (1938); his experiences during the Second World War in France and then Belgium; evacuation from Dunkirk.

Woods speaks about his appointment as Assistant Chaplain to the Army church at Aldershot; his attachment to an Anti-Aircraft regiment in Egypt (1941); his appointment as Commandant of the Chaplains' Training School; his posting to Northern Ireland as Deputy Assistant Chaplain General; demobilisation and his appointment as Vicar of Huddersfield; receiving the Order of St John of Jerusalem; his appointment as Canon to the cathedral; his appointment as Chaplain to the King (1950); becoming Suffragan Bishop of Middleton (1952); his appointment as Canon Residentiary at Manchester Cathedral; his appointment as Archbishop of Melbourne (1957); bringing his family to Australia (1957); life in Melbourne; the role of the Anglican Church in Australia; the Diocese of Melbourne; the Council of Churches and the World Council Assembly; politics and the church in the 1950s; his appointment as Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia; working with the Governors and Premiers of Victoria; presiding over the General Synod in 1973 and his support for the ordination of women; his duties as Primate and diocese visits around Australia; his own performance as Primate; his public and private life since retirement; his hopes for modern society; how he would like to be remembered.


Recorded on 12-14 July 1983.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (17 p.) and transcript (typescript, 246 leaves) 
Subjects Woods, Frank, Sir, 1907-1992 -- Interviews.  |  Bishops -- Australia -- Interviews.
Occupation Bishops.
Other authors/contributors Cranfield, Mark, Interviewer

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