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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Redwood, Most Rev. Francis

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Redwood, Most Rev. Francis, S.M., D.D., Roman Catholic Archbishop of Wellington, N.Z., is the son of Henry Paul Redwood and Mary (Gilbert) his wife, and was born on April 8th, 1839, at the Lower Hanyard, Tixall estate, Staffordshire. Having gone with his parents to Wellington, N.Z., where they landed in Nov. 1842, he went with them a month later to Nelson, where they settled on the Waimea Plains. The future Archbishop studied first at Nelson, under the late Archpriest Garin, S.M., and afterwards in France and Ireland. He was ordained priest at Maynooth on June 6th, 1865, and was Professor of Dogmatic Theology in Dublin till his appointment as Bishop of Wellington, being consecrated to that see by Cardinal Manning at St. Ann's, Spitalfields, London, on March 17th, 1874. Dr. Redwood was appointed first Archbishop of Wellington and Metropolitan of New Zealand on May 13th, 1887. His Grace is also a member of the Senate of the University of New Zealand.