Penelope Ann Bansall "Penny" Jamieson, DCNZM (born c.1942) is a former elected Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Dunedin, the second woman in the world to hold the position of bishop in the Anglican Communion, and the first to be elected a Diocesan bishop.[1]

Born in England, Bishop Jamieson studied linguistics at the University of Edinburgh before moving to New Zealand, her husband's country of birth. She worked at the Wellington Inner City Mission while completing her doctoral thesis at Victoria University. In 1985 she entered the Anglican priesthood, and only five years later was elected to head the country's southernmost diocese, the Diocese of Dunedin in 1989. Bishop Jamieson was challenged by the power-structures of a predominantly male institution, and spoke publicly about the difficulties of being the world's first woman diocesan bishop. At her retirement in 2004, after fourteen years as Bishop of Dunedin, Bishop Jamieson expressed her regret that no other women bishops had yet been elected in New Zealand. (In 2008 the Canadian Victoria Matthews was enthroned as the 8th Bishop of Christchurch, the second woman in the episcopate in Aotearoa New Zealand).

In June 2004 Bishop Penny was made a distinguished companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to the community.[2]

Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Peter W. Mann
Bishop of Dunedin
Succeeded by
George H.D. Connor


  1. Steinfels, Peter (January 13, 1990). "Religion Notes". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-14. 
  2. "Queen's Birthday Honours 2004". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 

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