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A stained glass window commemorates Canon Frank Coaldrake, a priest and missionary, who was elected Archbishop of Brisbane in July 1970.

In 1960 Coaldrake was made a canon of All Souls Quetta Memorial Cathedral, Thursday Island. Convinced that, in mission work with Aborigines, the goal of 'assimilation' was harmfully racist, he persuaded the A.B.M. to adopt 'acceptance' as a guiding principle and to appoint an Aborigine as policy adviser in 1969. 

Celebrated in the Church as 'a great missionary statesman of prophetic vision', on 10 July 1970 Coaldrake became the first Australian-born priest to be elected archbishop of Brisbane. Before he could be consecrated, he suffered an intragastric haemorrhage and died of myocardial infarction on 22 July in Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney


Address:373 Ann Street, St John`s Cathedral, Brisbane, 4000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.463707
Long: 153.029816
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Window
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

Plaque :

This window is dedicated to the memory of
Canon Frank William Coaldrake, M.A., Th. L.,
         Priest and Missionary
Born Brisbane 12th March 1912 ;
Elected Archbishop of Brisbane
         10th July 1970

Died Sydney, 22nd July, 1970.

Source: MA, ADB
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