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6 January 1882 Bishop Augustus Short

 6 January 1882    Bishop Augustus Short

When the Right Reverend Augustus Short DD left for England on 6 January 1882 he had served as Bishop of Adelaide for 34 years. He was consecrated a bishop on 29 June 1847 and appointed to the See of Adelaide. He arrived in South Australia in December that year. He was installed as Bishop of Adelaide at Holy Trinity Church on 28 December.

During his incumbency he was involved in the controversy over the cathedral acre in Victoria Square. Armed with a formal land grant under the seal of the Governor he claimed the land for the church, but local authorities rejected the claim and after lengthy legal proceedings the Supreme Court decreed, in 1855, that the claim was not enforceable. A new site in North Adelaide was chosen instead and the foundation stone of St. Peter's Cathedral was laid on 29 June 1869. The first portion was consecrated on 1 January 1878. With a grant of £2000 from the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, and donations from others, the Bishop was instrumental in establishing St Peter's College in 1869 and later the formation of St Barnabas' Theological College. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide and later Chancellor. For a time he lived at Beaumont House until Bishop's Court in North Adelaide was completed.

George Loyau, The Representative Men of South Australia , Adelaide, 1883, p. 213.

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