Montgomery of Tasmania: Henry and Maud Montgomery in Australasia
In comparison with the fame of their son, Bernard, Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, Henry and Maud Montgomery, leaders in their own right, are largely forgotten. Henry, fourth Anglican Bishop of Tasmania, 1889-1901, proved a dynamic force in the national church, still relevant today. Always energetic, he regularly left Hobart to care for remote West Coast mining communities and the aboriginal people consigned to exile on Cape Barren Island. Maud was an able partner, pioneering ministries in support of vulnerable women and children and Christian education.
Dr Robert Withycombe is a senior academic associate within the School of Theology of Charles Sturt University, lecturing in Church History at the St Mark’s National Theological Centre, of which he was formerly a warden. He is also an associate researcher within Charles Sturt University’s Public and Contextual Theology Strategic Research Centre (PaCT).
I have just finished an excellent book. Robert Withycombe’s biography of Henry Montgomery, father of the famous WWII “Montgomery of Alamein” but here Montgomery of Tasmania – the fourth Bishop of Tasmania 1899-1901. The episcopacy of Montgomery has become a talking point for Tasmania’s eleventh and current Bishop and I was blessed with a pre-release copy to review.
The book itself is well-written. A decent biography is a history which is not hagiography. It will outline issues and impacts and provide conne