Charles Marryat

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Charles Marryat (26 June 1827 – 29 September 1906) was the Dean of Adelaide from 1887 until his death.

Early life[edit]

Marryat was born in London on 26 June 1827,[1] the son of a former slaveholder in the British West Indies, Charles Marryat Snr, of Potter's Bar, Middlesex, who had been compensated part of £34,000 in the 1830s upon the emancipation of slavery,[2] and Caroline Short, sister of Augustus Short, bishop of Adelaide.[1]

Marryat was educated at Eton and The Queen's College, Oxford and ordained in 1852.[1]


After a curacy in Kent he emigrated to the colony of South Australia. After a further curacy at Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide he became the incumbent at St Paul's, Port Adelaide; and then Christ Church, North Adelaide.[1]

On 8 August 1904 his golden wedding anniversary was celebrated at the North Adelaide Institute, attended by the Governor of South Australia, Sir George Le Hunte, the Bishop of Adelaide. John Harmer, and the Chief Justice, John Hannah Gordon.[3]

He twice acted as Coadjutor Bishop of Adelaide during interregnums.[4]

Death and legacy[edit]

He died on 29 September 1906.[1]

He was referred to as "one who would have been a most honored member of our audience...our late beloved Dean Marryat" in an address by the Mayor of Adelaide, Theodore Bruce, at the unveiling ceremony for the statue of Colonel Light in Victoria Square on 27 November 1906.[5]

The suburb of Marryatville and the town of Port Augusta were named after Augusta.[6]

Other family[edit]

Marryat was the elder brother of Lady Augusta Sophia Young, wife of Sir Henry Young, fifth governor of South Australia and first governor of Tasmania, who would have been residing in Adelaide when he moved there.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e T. T., Reed (1986). "Marryat, Charles (1827–1906)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 10. Melbourne University Press. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 1 April 2019 – via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.
  2. ^ Coventry, CJ (2019). "Links in the Chain: British slavery, Victoria and South Australia". Before/Now. 1 (1). doi:10.17613/d8ht-p058.
  3. ^ "Dean Marryat". The Advertiser. XLVII (14, 293). South Australia. 9 August 1904. p. 6. Retrieved 1 April 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Personal Items". New Zealand Herald. New Zealand. 11 September 1894. p. 6. Retrieved 1 April 2019 – via Papers Past.
  5. ^ "The Colonel Light Statue". The Advertiser. XLIX (15, 012). South Australia. 28 November 1906. p. 8. Retrieved 31 October 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ a b "PRG 160/52: Two diaries recorded by Bishop Augustus Short, D.D." (PDF). State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 23 June 2019. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
Religious titles
Preceded by
Alexander Rutherford Russell
Dean of Adelaide
Succeeded by
George Edward Young