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Bishop Nixon and conflicts within the church of England in Tasmania in the 1850s


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Batt, N 1962 , 'Bishop Nixon and conflicts within the church of England in Tasmania in the 1850s', Honours thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Francis Russell Nixon had a troubled period
of office while Bishop of Tasmania (1842-62). In
part this was due to his own vision for the church
and his uncompromising character. Many of his problems
were, however, caused and aggravated by the difficulty
of transferring English institutions to colonial soil.
The assumption of government control over
chaplains, the vague legal position of the Church and
the radicalism of the settlers caused him much concern.
The major conflict in his episcopate was one
which is always latent in the Anglican church, the
struggle between High and low Anglicans. This was
sparked off because of the Sydney Confelrenoe of Bishops
1850 drew many of the strands of earlier conflicts
into its orbit was allowed to grow because of the legal
difficulties and radicalism inherent in a colonial diocese
and was nurtured by the Bishop's most vigorous opponent,
H.P.Fry. Conflict folloved conflict as the Bishop
sought to create a satisfactory organisation for the
church. Compromise was finally reached, but not before
the church itself had suffered.

Item Type: Thesis - Honours
Authors/Creators:Batt, N
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