Rev. Robert Henry MOORE Dean of Perth
- Born: 8 Jun 1872, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland
- Marriage (1): Jane Josephine WATTERSON on 8 May 1901 in Chapel of the Cross, Bishop's House, Perth, Australia
- Marriage (2): Margaret RILEY on 14 Sep 1921 in St. George's Cathedral, Perth, Australia
- Died: 20 Feb 1964, Subiaco aged 91
- Buried: Fremantle cemetery, Australia
Extract from "Armorial Families: A Directory of Gentlemen of Coat-Armour by Arthur Charles Fox-Davies (1929)
Joseph Henry Moore's son, Ven. Robert Henry Moore, M.A. (Dub.), Archdeacon of Northam, Canon of Perth, West Australia, b. 1872; m. 1st, 1901, Jane (d. 1916), dau. of Joseph Watterson of Ardglass; and has issue:
- Frank Lucius Patrick Moore, Gentleman, b. 1905;
- Charles Hubert George Moore, Gentleman, b. 1910;
- Kathleen Mary;
m. 2nd, 1921, dau. of the Archbishop of Perth, W.A.; and has further issue:
- John Robert Moore, Gentleman, b. 1926;
- Pauline Betty.
Res. -- Northam, Western Australia.
Extract from Australian Dictionary of Biography
MOORE, ROBERT HENRY (1872-1964), Anglican clergyman, was born on 8 June 1872 at Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland, son of Joseph Henry Moore, civil engineer, and his wife Elizabeth Jane, née King. Robert's grandfathers were Church of Ireland clergymen. He was educated at Drogheda Grammar School and at Trinity College, Dublin (B.A., 1894; M.A., 1911), where he went on to read theology. Made deacon on 14 June 1896 and ordained priest on 13 June 1897, he served at St Luke's Church, Belfast, in a densely populated parish.
In 1897 Moore responded to an appeal by Bishop Riley for additional clergy to minister to Western Australia's goldrush population. He reached Fremantle in the Oruba on 1 June 1898 and held appointments at Kanowna (1898-99), Mount Morgans (1899-1901), Boulder (1901-05) and Northam (1905-10). Although he retained his strong brogue, he adapted rapidly to his new surroundings and introduced liturgical practices characteristic of the Oxford Movement. He supported the idea of a goldfields diocese, and promoted the building of churches and the creation of larger parish structures. On ecclesiastical issues, he aligned himself with such clergymen as Bishop F. W. Goldsmith who pressed for greater autonomy for the Church of England in Australia. At the Chapel of the Cross, Bishop's House, Perth, on 8 May 1901 he had married Jane Josephine Watterson (d.1916).
Recognition of Moore's energy and leadership came in 1910 when he was appointed a canon of St George's Cathedral, Perth, and in 1911 when he was assigned as priest to St John's Church, Fremantle. Commissioned chaplain, Australian Imperial Force, on 23 November 1917, he served with the 3rd Light Horse Brigade in the Middle East in 1918-19; after he was discharged from the A.I.F. he returned to Fremantle. At St George's Cathedral on 14 September 1921 he married Margaret, the 31-year-old daughter of Archbishop Riley. Archdeacon of Northam and rural dean in 1921-29, Moore was elected dean of Perth in October 1929, under Archbishop Le Fanu.
Moore maintained the cathedral's position as Western Australia's leading Anglican church. He favoured the reservation of the sacrament and wore a biretta, but did not transform St George's into an overtly Anglo-Catholic centre. Due to his efforts, a freestanding altar (west of the roodscreen) was set up and used for a regular liturgy centred on young people; another innovation was the monthly broadcast of a sung Eucharist. Financial constraints imposed during the Depression and lack of support-staff thwarted his intention of creating a large-scale ministry to the working class. As Western Australia's representative on the Anglican and Eastern Churches Association, he encouraged relations with the Greek community and invited Orthodox prelates to the cathedral on special occasions.
In 1947 Moore resigned as Dean. He played an active role in the development of the parish of Scarborough as its rector (1947-54), remaining stubborn and intellectually vigorous, and championing the position of modern biblical criticism in debates over evolution. Reports of post-revolutionary society in China fascinated him. Survived by his wife, and their daughter and two sons, and by the daughter and elder son of his first marriage, he died on 20 February 1964 at Subiaco and was buried in Fremantle cemetery.
Robert married Jane Josephine WATTERSON, daughter of Joseph WATTERSON and Unknown, on 8 May 1901 in Chapel of the Cross, Bishop's House, Perth, Australia. (Jane Josephine WATTERSON died in 1916.)
Robert next married Margaret RILEY, daughter of Archbishop Charles Owen Leaver RILEY OBE and Elizabeth MERRIMAN, on 14 Sep 1921 in St. George's Cathedral, Perth, Australia. (Margaret RILEY was born in 1890.)