The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Pearson, Right Rev. Josiah Brown
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Pearson, Right Rev. Josiah Brown, D.D., ex-Bishop of Newcastle, N.S.W., son of Benjamin Pearson, was born at Chesterfield in 1841, and educated at Chesterfield Grammar School and St. John's College, Cambridge, where he took a first class in the Moral Sciences Tripos in 1864, was made M.A. in 1867, LL.M. in 1871, LL.D. in 1876, and D.D. in 1880. Dr. Pearson, who was for some time Fellow and Tutor of St. John's College, was ordained deacon in 1865 and priest in 1866. He was curate of St. Michael's, Cambridge, from 1865 to 1867, of St. Andrew the Great, Cambridge, from 1867 to 1869, vicar of Hormingsea from 1871 to 1874, preacher at Whitehall from 1872 to 1874, Hulsean Lecturer and Ramsden Preacher in 1872, and vicar of Newark from 1874 to 1880, when he was consecrated Bishop of Newcastle. In 1888 he formed the intention of returning to England, and Bishop Moorhouse was desirous of securing his assistance as a suffragan bishop for the diocese of Manchester; but the state of his health made clerical duty impossible and rendered him incapable of resigning his see until 1890, when the formal document was signed and his successor appointed. Bishop Pearson married, in 1880, Ellen, daughter of the late Godfrey Tallents, of Newark. He is the author of "An Essay on the Divine Personality," "Creed or No Creed, "Disciples in Doubt," and other minor publications.