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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Suter, Right Rev. Andrew Burn

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Suter, Right Rev. Andrew Burn, D.D., sometime Bishop of Nelson, N.Z., is the son of the late Richard Suter, of Castle Hill, Maidenhead, by his marriage with Ann Ruth, daughter of Major-General Burn. His lordship was born in London in 1830, and educated at St. Paul's School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. (Senior Optime) in 1853, M.A. in 1856, and D.D. in 1866. He was ordained deacon in 1855 and consecrated priest in 1856. From 1855 to 1859 he was curate of St. Dunstan's-in-the-West, London, and incumbent of All Saints', Spitalfields, from the latter year till 1866, in August of which year he was consecrated Bishop of Nelson, N.Z., in Canterbury Cathedral. The Bishop married Amelia Damaris, daughter of Rev. Thomas Harrison, of Barham, Kent. In 1889, when Bishop Harper, of Christchurch, who was also Primate of New Zealand, retired, Bishop Hadfield was elected to the primacy. As, however, there was considerable doubt as to the proper constitution of the electing body, the validity of the election was disputed, and Bishop Suter was nominated by the dissentient party. In the end, however, the claims of Bishop Hadfield were acknowledged. Bishop Suter resigned the see of Nelson in 1891.