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William Jowers Cakebread (1871–1939)

from Sun

Canon W. J. [William Jowers] Cakebread, rector of St. Jude's Church of England, Randwick, since 1912 and for many years an outstanding figure in the Anglican Church, died shortly after 10 a.m. to-day.

His death occurred at the rectory in Avoca-street, Randwick.

Born in England in 1872, he came to Australia at the age of three, in the company of his father, who was also a clergyman.

Canon Cakebread began a long and brilliant theological career when at St. Paul's College he won the honor of Scholar and Divinity Prizeman. In 1894 he took his Bachelor of Arts degree and in 1896 passed with honors through the Moore Theological College.

At the University he was keenly interested in many sports, and achieved prominence in athletics, tennis, rowing and cricket.

Ordained a deacon in 1896 and a priest in 1897, he was curate at St. John's, Ashfield, from 1896-1900 and locum tenens at St. Anne's, Strathfield, from 1900-1901.

In 1901 he was appointed to St. John's Church, Balmain North, a position which he held until 1912, when he became rector at St. Jude's, Randwick.

Canon Cakebread was also chaplain of Bilolea gaol, 1901-1909; chaplain of Randwick Asylum, 1912-15; chaplain of the Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, from 1915; chaplain of the Coast Auxiliary Hospital at Randwick, from 1933; deputy-commissioner of the Peace Thanks Offering Fund, from 1920; rural dean of Randwick, from 1921, and president of the Sunday School Teachers' Federation, from 1922.

He was appointed an honorary canon of St. Andrew's Cathedral in 1925, and was honorary secretary of St. Catherine's Clergy Daughters' School at Waverley for many years.

He is survived by Mrs. Cakebread; Mrs. F. R. Elder, of Stroud, Mrs. J. McNiven, of Chatswood, and Mrs. K. J. Clements, of Narrandera (daughters); Mr. Frank Cakebread (son), and Mr. C. K. Cakebread (brother).

The funeral service will be held at St. Jude's Church at 4 p.m. to-morrow. Canon Cakebread will be buried in the St. Jude's Cemetery.

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Additional Resources

  • funeral, Sydney Morning Herald, 9 February 1939, p 6
  • memorial service, Sydney Morning Herald, 13 February 1939, p 13

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'Cakebread, William Jowers (1871–1939)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 27 May 2024.

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28 October, 1871
Carlisle, Cumberland, England


7 February, 1939 (aged 67)
Randwick, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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