"In November , Sydney's diocesan synod rejected a compromise attempt to allow women priests to be ordained in the diocese. It also refused to accept the new Australian prayer book". The diocese, Australia's largest "has long argued against women priests on the grounds that the Bible denies headship to women in the Church or at home". "The Synod found Australia's new prayer book `not Evangelical in tone or tendency' and refused to accept it."
T.B.R. (Thomas Buchanan Reginald) Westgate (1872-1951) was born in Watford, Ontario. He was a graduate of Huron College and was ordained as a priest in 1897. He spent a year in a parish in Comber, Ont. before starting his missionary career. He served as a missionary with the South American Missionary Society in Paraguayan Chaco, 1898-1901, and with the Church Missionary Society (1902-1919) in several places in Tanzania and Uganda in Africa. After returning to Canada, Westgate served as the Field Secretary for Indian and Eskimo Residential School Commission, MSCC (Winnipeg, MB), 1919-1943.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of correspondence and manuscripts, printed material, photographs, sermons and diaries relating to his experiences with the South American Missionary Society; Africa, including being a prisoner of war in Africa during WWI; and Indian Residential Schools.
Fonds arranged in the following series:
Series 1: Westgate correspondence and papers, 1892-1950
Series 2: Westgate manuscripts, articles and clippings, 1913-1930
Series 3: Westgate photograph collection, 1895-1933
Series 4: Westgate Diaries, 1902-1949
Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada (MSCC) fonds