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Rev R Allwood BA
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Rev. Robert Allwood BA (1803 – 1891). On 5 July, 1875, Rev Allwood interred Mrs. Caroline Lawson, widow of William Lawson Jnr., in the family vault at St. Bartholomew’s cemetery. Mrs. Lawson had resided at Darlinghurst at the time of her death.
Rev.Allwood was born on 24 September 1803 at Kingston, Jamaica, the son of Robert Allwood, chief justice. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge, matriculating in 1821. He was ordained deacon by the bishop of Bath and Wells on 5 November 1826, and appointed to a minor canonry of Bristol. The bishop of Bristol priested him on 12 January 1828, and next year he became curate of Dowry Square chapel, Clifton. In 1834-
In January 1840 Allwood was appointed to the incumbency of St James's Church, King Street, where he remained until he retired in 1884. His devotion to the parish, combined with his indifferent health and personal humility, prompted him to decline at various times to be considered for the new sees of Melbourne and Newcastle or as William Broughton's successor at Sydney. St James's was already the principal church in Sydney and served as the pro-
Allwood maintained a vigorous ministry to the convict and immigrants' barracks, the hospitals and other institutions in his district. He trained a succession of able curates, and his own precise and
orderly methods enabled him to achieve a great amount of pastoral work. He played a major part in the affairs of the diocese.
Allwood's main interest was education. He defended his church's policy before the select committee of 1844. His parish school, one of the largest in the colony, became the model school for the training of Anglican denominational teachers, and Allwood acted as an examiner. He was in close touch with St James's Grammar School (1838-
In the early 1880s the parish, in difficulties through the loss of its resident population, had to adjust to a new role as a city church. The school had been closed and the church needed repair, but was threatened with resumption. Allwood was too old to lead a revival and resigned his cure in 1884 after a ministry of forty-
8 March 1864 he is listed in the Western Post and Mudgee Newspaper as being in the Diocese of Sydney, and receiving an allowance of 200 pounds per annum. http://addison.homedns.org/transcriptions/others/transcripts/others%20page%209.html