Mathew Hale

Mathew Hale

Name: Mathew Hale

Epoch: Late 19th Century (the \'Long Nineteenth Century\')

Grouping Field: Humanities (Ideas Formatted as Ideas) and Social Science (Models)

Location Grouping: Individual\'s Work Location

Map Coordinates: 27°28\'54.7\"S 153°01\'08.8\"E

Years At Location: 1875-1885

One Historical Setting: The Right Rev. Mathew Blagden Hale, St John\'s Church, Brisbane [care of St Andrew’s Church, South Brisbane] (1875)

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Mathew Hale was Anglican Bishop of Brisbane from 1875 to 1885.

Impact On Brisbane Society

Hale was an Anglican Evangelical in a diocese that became Anglo-Catholic. His Evangelical tradition remained strong in St Andrew’s Church, South Brisbane. His previous work was with the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge in Western Australia, paying attention to Aboriginal mission work. In Brisbane, Hale expressed a sentimental evangelicalism, introducing a Clergy Widow and Orphan’s Fund to the diocese in 1877.


A. De Q. Robin, ‘Hale, Mathew Blagden (1811–1895)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1972, accessed online 4 July 2019.

Arnold, John. Mission impossible? Why and How well did Three 19th Century Christian Missionaries to Australian Aborigines swim against the Tide of Colonial Policies and Prejudices: Pastor J.G. Haussmann (German Lutheran), Bishop M.B. Hale (English C of E), and Father D. McNab (Scottish Catholic), Mathew Hale Public Library Lecture 2013, The Mathew Hale Public Library, Brisbane Qld, 2013.

Gourlay, Michael. The Good Bishop: the Story of Mathew Hale 1811 – 1895: Missionary, Educator, Pastor in Three Australian Colonies, Boolarong Press, Salisbury, Brisbane, Australia, 2015.

Robin, A. de Q. (Arthur de Quetteville). Mathew Blagden Hale: the Life of an Australian Pioneer Bishop, Hawthorn Press, Melbourne, 1976.

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Portrait of Matthew Blagden Hale. Unknown Source.