James Farrell (priest)

James Farrell (c.1854)

James Farrell (26 November 1803 – 26 April 1869) was the Dean of Adelaide from 1849[1] until 1866.[2]

He was born in Longford, Ireland and educated at Trinity College, Dublin where he graduated M.A.[3] He was ordained in 1826 and was a curate at Kilfree. After this he held incumbencies in Guernsey and Studley before becoming an SPG missionary in South Australia. On arrival in September 1840, he acted as assistant to Rev. C. B. Howard, the first Colonial Chaplain.[3] He ministered at St John's Church, Adelaide from October 1841 to around July 1843, followed by Trinity Church in the same city.

In November 1845, Farrell married the widow of the Rev. C. B Howard (died 19 July 1843), whom he had succeeded as Colonial Chaplain. He died on 26 April 1869 at Malvern, while on a visit to England, and the office of Colonial Chaplain expired with him.[3][4] 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, of which he had been incumbent as well as dean.[3]

The Mid North town of Farrell Flat is named in his honour.[5]


  1. ^ 'Ecclesiastical Intelligence' The Morning Post (London, England), Wednesday, 12 December 1849; pg. 3; Issue 23717
  2. ^ ADB
  3. ^ a b c d Mennell, Philip (1892). "Farrell, Very Rev. James" . The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co – via Wikisource.
  4. ^ 'Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries' Berrow's Worcester Journal (Worcester, England), Saturday, 1 May 1869; pg. 8; Issue 8687
  5. ^ "The Aboriginal Name for Clare". The Northern Argus. Clare, SA: National Library of Australia. 19 May 1944. p. 6. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
Religious titles
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Dean of Adelaide
Succeeded by
Alexander Rutherford Russell