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A stained glass window commemorates the long and dedicated ministry of the Right Reverend George Tung Yep in the Diocese  of North Queensland from 1954-1992.  The Right Reverend George Tung Yep was the first Chinese-Australian bishop, serving as assistant bishop of North Queensland from 1985 to 1995.

Bishop Tung Yep who was born in 1927 left school in 1941 to become an apprentice boiler-maker with the Queensland Railways. At 16, he left to help in the family business. In 1951, he went to study Theology at St Francis College, Brisbane. When he graduated in 1953 and was about to be ordained, he said  "my Bishop wrote to every other Bishop in Australia and sought some reaction from them as to how I could handle a white congregation. ' The response was that ‘it’s worth trying’. There have been no problems since."


Address:36 Cleveland Terrace, St James Cathedral, Townsville, 4810
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -19.255464
Long: 146.816634
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Window
Monument Theme:People
Approx. Event Start Date:1954
Approx. Event End Date:1992


Front Inscription
In thanksgiving for the long and
dedicated ministry of
the Right Reverend George Tung Yep
in the Diocese of North Queensland, 1954 - 92.
Source: MA
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