Born: Established: 13 Oct 1849 Cambridge ; Died: 22 Dec 1911 Glen Iris
Horace Tucker was the third child of Joseph Kidger Tucker, clergyman, and his wife Elizabeth, née Finn. Joseph was appointed Australian agent of the British and Foreign Bible Society, and the family emigrated to Sydney. Tucker was educated at Moore Theological College and ordained as an Anglican clergyman in 1874. His first parishes were in central Victoria, then he was sent to the Melbourne parish of Christ Church, South Yarra, where he set up three mission churches and established a grammar school.
During the Depression of the 1890s, Tucker developed a scheme for resettling the unemployed in rural areas and subsequently wrote a novel, The New Arcadia, based on his ideas for this scheme. Tucker also wrote poetry, published sermons, and in 1909 published Lights for Lesser Days, a study of Christian saints. Elected a canon of St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne in 1894, Tucker retired from Christ Church in 1908, but continued parish work in outer suburbs until his death.