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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Farrell, Very Rev. James

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Farrell, Very Rev. James, M.A., first Dean of Adelaide, was born in Ireland on Nov. 26th, 1803, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated M.A. Having taken orders in the Church of England, he emigrated to South Australia, and arrived in Sept. 1840, when he acted as assistant to Rev. C. B. Howard, the first Colonial Chaplain. He had sole charge of the Anglican communion in Adelaide from 1843 to 1846, when he was relieved by the arrival of Archdeacon Woodcock and the Rev. James Pollitt. On Dr. Short (the first bishop's) arrival, in Dec. 1847, Mr. Farrell was created Dean of Trinity Church, which at first served as the cathedral of the diocese. Prior to this, in Nov. 1845, Mr. Farrell married the widow of the Rev. C. B. Howard, whom he succeeded as Colonial Chaplain, an office which expired with him. He died at Malvern, whilst on a visit to England, on April 26th, 1869. He left four scholarships of £50 each to St. Peter's Collegiate School, Adelaide; and a window was erected to his memory in Trinity Church, which he had been incumbent of as well as dean.