The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Russell, Very Rev. Alexander
Russell, Very Rev. Alexander, D.D., Dean of Adelaide, was born in 1825 and educated at the High School and University of Edinburgh, where he was a prizeman in four subjects. Dr. Russell spent two years at Trinity College, Dublin, and took orders in the Church of England in 1850, in which year he was appointed curate of Emsworth, Hants; and having held other similar preferments, accepted the incumbency of St. John's, Adelaide, in 1855. Dr. Russell became incumbent of St. Paul's, Adelaide, in 1860, Canon in 1867, Dean in 1869, and Vicar-General in addition in 1878. During the interval between the departure of Bishop Short and the arrival of Bishop Reunion in 1882, Dr. Russell was administrator of the diocese. In 1878 the Archbishop of Canterbury conferred on him the degree of D D., and he for some time edited the Education Journal, published in Adelaide. He was the author of "The Light which Lighteth every Man" (Hope & Co., London: 1854), "Charge to the Synod of Adelaide" (1878), "Memorial of Professor F. D. Maurice" (1870), and "The Seeker, and other Poems." Dean Russell died on May 20th, 1886.