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Marcus Loane

14 October 1911 - 14 April 2009

Biography

Sir Marcus Lawrence Loane KBE (1911–2009) was the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney from 1966 to 1982 and Primate of Australia from 1978 to 1982.

Born in Tasmania, Loane spent nearly all his ministry in the Anglican Diocese of Sydney except for two years during World War II when as a front-line chaplain in Papua New Guinea, his thoughtfulness and physical endurance won the respect of the Kokoda Trail troops and indigenous workers in his pastoral care.

After the war he was appointed Vice-Principal and then Principal of Moore Theological College. In 1958, he was appointed a coadjutor (assistant) bishop in the diocese. In the 1976 New Year Honours, he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE). He was also appointed Chaplain of the Venerable Order of Saint John on 5 December 1978.

Loane travelled widely in Australia and overseas, imparting his theological, ministerial, historical, and devotional insights to many Christians. He also wrote several books. He died in Sydney on April 14, 2009, at the age of 97.

  • Born: 14 October 1911, Tasmania
  • Died: 14 April 2009, Sydney
  • Family: Married to Patricia and had four children
  • Notable Works: Masters of the English Reformation; They were Pilgrims