Marcus L. Loane: A Biography

John R Reid


Sir Marcus Loane was the first Australian-born Anglican Archbishop of Sydney. A conservative evangelical, during his 15 years as Archbishop the seeds of many recent changes in the diocese were planted – not at his instigation and not all to his liking.

Loane’s working life spanned periods of great change in Australian society, not least in the Diocese of Sydney. John Reid traces Loane’s life from his formative years in Tasmania, through his studies at Sydney’s Moore College and his entry into Anglican ministry, where he was to serve as  theological lecturer, bishop, archbishop and Primate of the National Church.

As a front-line chaplain in Papua New Guinea during World War II, his thoughtfulness and physical endurance won the respect of the Kokoda Trail troops and indigenous workers in his pastoral care.

This important biography illuminates the character of the man and provides valuable insights into the unique qualities of Sydney Anglicanism.

John Reid studied under Marcus Loane at Moore College in the 1950s and worked closely with him as an assistant bishop in the 1970s. Born in Melbourne in 1928 and ordained in Sydney in 1955, he enjoyed a long and varied career with the Anglican Church, including student work with the Inter Varsity Fellowship and parish ministry in suburban Sydney. He was the International Chairman of Interserve, the International Chairman of the Evangelical Fellowship of the Anglican Communion and the Chairman of the Lausanne Movement. After retiring, he served as a missionary in Nepal for two years followed by shorter periods of ministry in Asia and the Middle East. He and his wife Alison live on the NSW Central Coast, where both are active in their parish church.

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