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Rev. Hussey Burgh Macartney

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Rev. Hussey Burgh Macartney
Born 30 September 1840 County Cork, Ireland
Died 14 October 1908 Darjeeling (India)
Parents Very Rev. Hussey Burgh Macartney
Spouse Emily Addenbrooke
Religious affiliation Anglican
Vicar, St. Mary's Church of England, Caulfield (Victoria)
From December 1868
To April 1898
Succeeded Rev. J. Stanley Low
Preceded Rev. Alfred J. H. Priest

Rev. Hussey Burgh Macartney Jr. (1840—1908), a son of the Anglican dean of Melbourne, was for 30 years the vicar of St. Mary's Church of England, Caulfield (Victoria), a strong supporter of evangelistic and missionary efforts, including women missionaries, and Home Secretary of the British and Foreign Bible Society in London.[1][2] He was described as "Practically, the father of missions in Victoria".



Macartney, born 1840 in Ireland, was the third and youngest son of the Very Reverend Hussey Burgh Macartney.[3]

He moved with his family to Melbourne, arriving Sat. 23rd January, 1847Sat. January 23rd, 1847, sailing on the Stag.[4][5] The Macartney family sailed to Australia with Bishop Charles Perry, who came to Melbourne to take up the position of the first bishop of the new diocese of Melbourne. Macartney Snr. became the dean of the diocese.

In Sunday School, the young Macartney was taught by Sir William Stawell, who was related to both his parents.[6] In 1857 Macartney Jr. returned to Ireland to study at Trinity College (Dublin),[7] from where he graduated in 1860, and in 1866 was ordained by Bishop Perry as a deacon, and the following year as a priest.[3][2]

A number of factors, seemingly including the influence of Trinity College, led Macartney Jr. to have an interdenominational approach to evangelism and missions.[8] From 1866 to 1868 he was chaplain of Industrial Schools in Melbourne, after which he became the third vicar of St. Mary's Church in the Melbourne suburb of Caulfield. In 1910 the church unveiled a stained-glass window in his honour.[9]


In March 1872 he married Emily Kermode (nee Addenbrooke) in "Mona Vale", Ross, Tasmania. Emily was the widow of Robert Quayle Kermode (1812–1870) with whom she had three children.[10][11][12]

In 1893 Macartney visited England, including London and the Lakes District, Norway, Monte Carlo, and other locations on the continent. His correspondence home became a book titled Another Glimpse of England, Home, and Beauty, or Sketches of Christian Life and Work in England in 1893.[13]

In 1898 Macartney left Australia for London, where in May that year he became the Home Secretary of the British and Foreign Bible Society.[2][14] While there, Emily, who was eleven years older, died, on Tue. 15th May, 1900Tue. May 15th, 1900.[15] Perhaps Emily was ill for some time, as Macartney left his position with the Bible Society due to "domestic sorrows" early in 1901 (his replacement started at Easter (Sun. 15th April, 1900Sun. April 15th, 1900) that year)[16][17]

The Argus recorded that Macartney also spent time as chaplain in Sao Paulo, Brazil.[18] In 1906 he returned to the Bible Society.[3]

He died of heart failure in Darjeeling (India), in 1908, whilst visiting mission work there with his daughter.[2][19][10]


Rev. and Emily Marcartney had two children.

Jane Elizabeth Catherine, known as Kitty,[20] was born on Wed. 22nd January, 1873Wed. January 22nd, 1873[21]. In June 1913 in London she married Colonel Robert Hall Hayes, of the Duke of Cambridge's Own Middlesex Regiment.[20] She died in April 1965.[12]

Hussey Burgh George was born on Wed. 10th February, 1875Wed. February 10th, 1875. He fought in the Boer War and was shot in the head. He eventually recovered and took up farming in Canada, but was visiting England when war was declared and joined up again. He ganged the rank of Captain, and was killed in action on Fri. 25th June, 1915Fri. June 25th, 1915 and was buried in La Brique Military Cemetery No.2 in Belgium.[22][23][12]

Emily had three children to her first husband, and at the time she married Macartney, the children would have been between four and eight years old, so presumably would have been raised by Macartney and Emily.[note 1]

Henry Addenbrooke Kermode was born in 1864.[12]

Henry Cotton Kermode was born in 1867.[12]

Aurther Cottan Kermode was born in 1868, and died in Caulfield in 1895.[15]

Evangelism and missions

Macartney was a strong supporter of missions, and "did more to foster interest in missions than perhaps any other person of his generation in Australia".[2] He was also a supporter of women missionaries.[24] The Victorian Committee of the Church Missionary Assocation said of him that "The desire to spread the message of the Gospel to the heathen was a flame that burned with consuming power in his heart ... Practically, the father of missions in Victoria, his pioneer work in India and China prepared the way for the planting of the Church Missionary Association in this place."[2] One way he did this was by producing a monthly publication titled Missionary at Home and Abroad, from 1873 until he left Australia in 1898.

Following a visit to New Zealand in 1877, in 1878-79 Macartney and his wife visited the United Kingdom where he visited the Keswick, Dublin, and Mildmay Conventions.[25][26]

Marcartney supported, was involved with, or started or help start numerous mission and evangelistic organisations in Australia and overseas.

Macartney's involvement with the China Inland Mission (CIM) resulted from a personal request from the founder of that mission, Hudson Taylor, who cabled Macartney on Wed. 21st May, 1890Wed. May 21st, 1890 asking him to form an Australian Council for CIM. This he did the next day. He also served on the board of CIM.[31] The council subsequently invited Taylor to visit Melbourne, which he did in August that year.[note 2][33]


  1. Another possibility is that they were raised by one of their older half-brothers, as Emily was her first husband's second wife, and he already had children by his first wife.
  2. According to Renshaw, the Australian Council was formed following Taylor's visit in August 1890.[32]


  1. Jubilee: Souvenir Record of 50 Years, St. Mary's Church, Caulfield., 1908.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Keith Cole, Macartney, Hussey Burgh (?-1908), 2004.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Paproth, Darrell, Hussey Burgh Macartney Jr: Mission Enthusiast, 2004, p.2.
  4. A. De Q. Robin, Macartney, Hussey Burgh (1799–1894), Australian Dictionary of Biography, 1974.
  5. Robert Evans and Darrell Paproth, The Evangelisation Society of Australasia, self-published by Robert Evans, 2010, ISBN 978-0-9756733-5-5, p.15.
  6. Evans and Paproth, 2010, p.17.
  7. Evans and Paproth, 2010, pp.15-16.
  8. Evans and Paproth, 2010, pp.16-17.
  9. Caulfield, Brighton Southern Cross, Tue. 23rd April, 2019Tue. April 23rd, 2019, p.4.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Hussey Burgh Macartney (1840-1908), Familypedia.
  11. Emily Addenbrooke (1829-1900), Familypedia.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Person Page - 50261, The Peerage.
  13. Mr. Macartney's Peregrinations, The Australasian, Sat. 19th January, 1895Sat. January 19th, 1895, p.33.
  14. William Canton, A history of the British and Foreign Bible Society, Volume IV, John Murray, 1904, p.203.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Person Page - 59226, The Peerage.
  16. British and Foreign Bible Society, Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal, Tue. 30th July, 2019Tue. July 30th, 2019.
  17. Canton, 1904, p.208.
  18. Family Notices, The Argus, Mon. 18th November, 2019Mon. November 18th, 2019, p.1.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Evans and Paproth, 2010, p.16.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Hayes— Macartney, The Prahran Telegraph, Sat. 21st June, 1913Sat. June 21st, 1913.
  21. Jane Elizabeth Catherine Macartney, FamilySearch. NB: This record has an incorrect name for Jane's father.
  22. Captain Macartney's Death, The Farmer and Settler, Tue. 6th July, 1915Tue. July 6th, 1915.
  23. Captain Hussey Burgh George Macartney, Every Man Remembered.
  24. Evans and Paproth, 2010, p.104.
  25. 25.0 25.1 Will Renshaw, Marvellous Melbourne and Spiritual Power, Acorn Press, Moreland, Victoria, 2014, p.20. ISBN 9780992447663, p.20.
  26. Evans and Paproth, 2010, p.28.
  27. Mark Durie at River of Life Conference, May 2013.
  28. Oaktree Anglican: About Us.
  29. Evans and Paproth, 2010, p.101.
  30. Renshaw, 2014, pp.21-22, 35-36.
  31. Welch, Ian Hamilton, Alien Son : The life and times of Cheok Hong Cheong, (Zhang Zhuoxiong) 1851-1928, 2003, Chapter 5: The Anglican Years, p.122.
  32. Renshaw, 2014, p.40.
  33. Evans and Paproth, 2010, pp.213-214.
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