College – Issue 39

Christopher Carrington A combination of the Christ’s College Registers and Form lists show that Christopher’s academic interests and abilities lay in Latin, English and Divinity. He played in the 4th XV and at the end of the 1908 year he was playing in the Middle Club 4th XI. On 22 June 1911 Christopher was a law clerk aged 17 ¾ when he applied to the recently established Military College of Australia at Duntroon. His application indicated that he had been in the Christ’s College Cadets for two years and that he wished to sit examinations in Latin and Mathematics. He became Number 35 on their roll and spent the following four years on academic and military subjects. He graduated on 11 September 1914 for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force and on 23 September he was with the 3rd Battery of the New Zealand Field Artillery bound for training in Egypt. xiv There he instructed officers and NCOs in

Harris Collection of Christ’s College Old Boys writings were completed. This continued throughout the time he was Bishop of Quebec (1935-1944) in addition to all the other pastoral, episcopal and civic duties in what was essentially a missionary Diocese. With the death of Archbishop Hackney, Philip by seniority became Archbishop and Metropolitan.

the three year Theological Tripos in two years. But that was not all; in 1915 he was awarded the Chancellor’s medal for the poem Hugoumont, 1815 xi about the Battle of Waterloo, and the Hulsean Prize for an essay related to the history Christian Religion . By 1918 he was back in New Zealand for another very important year. On 29 June he was ordained deacon by Churchill Julius, and began a curacy at Christchurch – St Luke. He was also given permission by the Bishop to organise scouting within the Diocese, and so the Diocesan Brigade was created. This group would act as messengers at the time of the Flu Epidemic later in the year. It was at this time that Philip met Gwendoline Smith, a teacher at St Margaret’s College who was known to the family as she was coaching Joan for an Oxford University Scholarship. She recuperated at the Carrington’s and in the middle of the epidemic she became engaged to Philip. On Trinity Sunday, 1919 Philip was ordained to the priesthood, married Gwendoline on 1 December and in August 1921 became the Vicar of Lincoln. He was also editing the Scout Gazette, giving lectures at College House and with Gwendoline, innovatively arranging joint Scout and Guide Camps. There was also another brush with the law, this time with Gwendoline. They were both fined for riding their bikes without a light after sunset. He nearly took up an appointment at Selwyn College Dunedin, but instead accepted the position of Warden of St Barnabas College, Adelaide, which also included assistant chaplain at St Peter’s school and honorary chaplain at the university. October 1927 and another move, and this time to Bishop’s University, Lennoxville in Canada as Dean and Professor of Divinity. It was during this time that many of the books which are in the

Philip Carrington, c 1935-1944. Photographer unknown. © National Portrait Gallery, London xii

The 4th XI, 1908 xiii Back row L-R: John Desborough Bowden (2309), Parker Roche Westenra (2127), Clarence Meredith-Kay (2391), Keith Wilson Manning (2276), Alan Leslie Macfarlane (2408) Front Row L-R: Christopher Carrington (2081), Reginald Nicholas Snow (2154), Donald Dobson (2120), Geoffrey Michael Fulton Barnett (2305), Reginald James Richards (2282) Sitting: John William Pinckney (2420) Christ’s College Archives.

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