Charles Perry

1807-1891. First Church of England bishop of Melbourne, Australia. Educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was influenced by Charles Simeon,* he became a fellow of Trinity College. He gained pastoral experience by creating the new parish of St. Paul's, Cambridge, where he was vicar from 1842 to 1847. In 1847 he was chosen as first bishop of the new colony of Victoria. On his arrival in Melbourne there were only three colonial chaplains. During the gold rushes of the 1850s he found great difficulty in supplying clergy or churches for the vast increases of population. Perry's Evangelical convictions actuated him to involve the laity in the government of his diocese. His conference of 1851 was the first of its kind in Australia. He resigned from his diocese in 1876 and became a canon of Llandaff Cathedral. He played an important part in many Evangelical societies and in the foundation of Evangelical theological colleges in Oxford and Cambridge. He published many tracts and sermons against rationalism and ritualism, and he was a speaker at the church congresses from 1874 to 1888.