William Hayden

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William Hayden (1930 - 1936)


Born at Bishop’s Lough, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland in 1868, and studied at St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny, and Propaganda College, Rome. He was ordained in 1891 and arrived in Sydney the following year.

Consecrated Bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes on 8th September 1918, he quickly became known as the travelling Bishop as he ceaselessly moved about his extensive diocese. He was translated to the See of Hobart and created Archbishop on 11th February, 1930.

He was an accomplished musician and took great interest in the music of his Cathedral, and the development of sacred music throughout the Archdiocese. Much of his time as Archbishop was marked by illness, and he died on 2nd October, 1936.