Alexander Gordon (1815 – 1903) barrister
Alexander Gordon barrister and politician, was an Evangelical Anglican devout in promoting religion and philanthropy. He served on such charitable committees as the Home Visiting and Relief Society and the Prince Alfred Hospital and on many ecclesiastical and educational bodies.
Alexander Gordon was an Evangelical Anglican devout in promoting religion and philanthropy. He served on such charitable committees as the Home Visiting and Relief Society and the Prince Alfred Hospital and on many ecclesiastical and educational bodies. He was a director of the Sydney Diocesan Committee and Educational and Book Society, represented his church on the Denominational School Board in 1859-66 and was a fellow of St Paul’s College in 1867-74.
At St Paul’s, Redfern, he was a churchwarden and taught a Sunday school and men’s Bible class. However, his main work for the Church of England was legal and constitutional. In the 1840s the colonial church had contemplated schemes for synodical government. Gordon first believed that a constitution should be based on a voluntary compact but soon decided that full legislative sanction was required. He helped to draft a bill discussed by the diocesan conference in 1858.
Despite serious differences with other Anglican lawyers he emerged as the foremost advocate of parliamentary action and the legal tie with the Church of England. In 1866 he was largely responsible for the Church of England Property Management Act, the preamble of which referred to the constitutions accepted by conferences within the dioceses of New South Wales; though more indirect than he hoped, the constitutions were to be recorded in the Supreme Court.
In 1872 he helped to create a constitution for the Church in Australia and Tasmania. In 1862-74 he was chancellor of the Sydney diocese and in 1867-68 registrar.
Predictably, he opposed Parkes’s educational reforms in 1879-80 and began to acquire political interests. In 1883 he was appointed to the Legislative Council by his friend Alexander Stuart.
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