Rev John Alexander Mathias was the fourth Archdeacon of Colombo, having being inducted to the office on 21 September 1854 on the occasion of the consecration of Christ Church Colombo. He held the office for seven years.According to the 'The History of the Diocese of Colombo' 1946, he seems to have come out direct from England "for his name was not found among the members of the Ecclesiastical Department prior to the date of appointment as archdeacon"."He did not identify himself closely with any particular branch of the Church's work, but took a general interest in all matters appertaining to his office, on resigning which,owing to a mental breakdown, he returned to England in 1861"
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