Fellows of Senate

Arthur Henry Garnsey

An early graduate of the University of Sydney (BA 1894, MA 1896), Arthur Henry Garnsey was a Fellow of Senate in 1918 - 1919 and in 1934 - 1942.


MA Sydney
Fellow of Senate 1918 - 1919, 1943 - 1942

His early years

Arthur Henry Garnsey was born on 3 December 1872 at Windsor, New South Wales, son of Rev Charles Frederick Garnsey, from Gloucestershire, England, and his first wife Mary Emma, daughter of Rev H T Stiles. In 1876 the family moved to Sydney where Garnsey senior was rector of Christ Church St Laurence.

Arthur was educated at Sydney Grammar School.

Arthur Henry Garnsey in 1888

Arthur Henry Garnsey in 1888 in his final year at Sydney Grammar School, photo from the 'Australian Town and Country Journal', 17 November 1888

His student days at the University of Sydney

An undergraduate student at the University of Sydney, Garnsey captained the University cricket team and also won a 'blue' for tennis. He graduated BA with first-class honours in Greek in 1894, and MA in 1896.

His career

Garnsey was made deacon in 1897 and ordained priest next year by Bishop Stanton of Newcastle, who appointed him curate of Muswellbrook. In 1899-1905 he was chaplain at Melbourne Church of England Grammar School, where he also taught classics.

In December 1905 Garnsey became sub-dean and precentor of Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle, NSW. Next year he was warden of St John's Theological College, Armidale. He secured the Th.Schol. in 1908. Made canon of St Peter's Cathedral in 1914, he was examining chaplain to the bishops of Armidale in 1916-29.

In June 1916 Garnsey was appointed warden of St Paul's College, University of Sydney.

The Rev Canon Arthur Henry Garnsey in 1916

The Rev Canon Arthur Henry Garnsey in 1916, photo from the 'Sydney Morning Herald', 25 February 1916, NLA Newspapers

He was largely responsible for the establishment of the board of studies in divinity in 1936 – a notable departure from the prevailing secular assumptions about the nature of the university.

He was examining chaplain to the archbishops of Sydney from 1918 and a canon of St Andrew's Cathedral from 1928.

Garnsey died from cancer on 21 June 1944 in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, nine days before he was due to retire.

From the Australian Dictionary of Biography

His membership of Senate

Garnsey was a Fellow of Senate elected by the graduates in 1918 - 1919 and in 1934 - 1942.