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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Parry, Right Rev. Edward

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Parry, Right Rev. Edward, D.D., was the son of Rear-Admiral Sir William Edward Parry, K.C.B., the well-known Arctic explorer, and the Hon. Isabella Louisa, his wife, fourth daughter of the first Lord Stanley of Alderley. He was born in 1830 at Government House, Sydney, N.S.W., where his father had taken up his residence in the previous year, as commissioner for the Australian Agricultural Company. He went to England with his father in 1834, and was educated at Rugby and at Balliol College, Oxford, where he graduated first class in classics in 1852. He was ordained deacon in 1854 and priest in 1855, and after holding minor preferments, was appointed Bishop Suffragan of Dover for the diocese of Canterbury, in March 1870. He wrote a memoir of his father, and "Memorials" of his brother, Commander Charles Parry, R.N. In 1882 he was chosen by the Australian bishops to succeed the late Bishop Barker as Bishop of Sydney and Metropolitan of Australia, but he declined the nomination. Bishop Parry, who married, in 1859, Matilda, eldest daughter of Benjamin Williams, of Limpsfield, Surrey, died at Dover on April 11th, 1890.