Friday, April 17, 2009

The archbishop who walked Kokoda

SIR MARCUS LOANE, who was Anglican Archbishop of Sydney for 16 years to 1982, was the first Australian-born Primate of Australia and the first archbishop to walk the Kokoda Trail.

Loane, who died on Tuesday at 97, was a conservative evangelical credited with healing divisions within the Anglican community after a period of instability. His shy manner contrasted with the certainty of his belief.

His mind remained sharp until the end. He kept a close interest in the fortunes of the Anglican Church, especially in Sydney. As a former principal of Moore College, he welcomed the large increase of students enrolling there. Yet he was concerned at what he saw as the loss of dignity and reverence in public worship in many parishes.

Marcus Lawrence Loane's forebear, also Marcus, arrived in Hobart in 1834, practised as a surgeon and was required to attend floggings and hangings. His eldest son had eight children, one of whom, Kenneth, married Flora Lawrence. After Marcus was born, the family moved to North Queensland, where Kenneth was an accountant with a mining company, then to Chatswood.


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