On May 1, 1882, Dr Herbert Bree a priest of 30 years standing, was consecrated Bishop of Barbados in the Chapel of Lambeth Place.
During his episcopate, the following measures were passed by the Legislature:
(a) A Bill to make better provision for the discipline of the Clergy
(b) A Bill to declare the statue of the Curates to be that of Vicars or Perpetual Curates and to define their districts;
(c) A bill to establish a Dean and Chapter for the Cathedral Church of Saint Michael;
(d) A Pension Act which included the clergy among the other public officers.
The West Indies were declared a separate Ecclesiastical Province in 1883.
In 884 Bishop Bree appointed a negro priest – the Rev E.S. Thorne – as rector of St Joseph, despite the unanimous protest of his counsellors.
In 1898, Bishop Bree left Barbados for England, where he died of cancer in February 1899.