English-born cleric who arrived in Australia in 1804 and kept a now famous diary of his time as a chaplain and magistrate in the developing country.
He graduated from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and was subsequently ordained as a priest.
His thirty-year diary became part of the permanent collection at Sydney's Mitchell Library.
He was born in Norfolk, England to Robert Knopwood and Elizabeth Barton Knopwood. In his adulthood, Robert Knopwood became the father to an adopted daughter.
He submitted his resignation from his magistrate position to New South Wales governor, Lachlan Macquarie, in 1822.