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Augustus Short

1802-1883. First Church of England bishop of Adelaide. Educated at Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford, where he became a tutor in 1829 and censor in 1833, he was influenced by the Tractarians* and wrote a defense of Tract 90. In 1835 he accepted the living of Ravensthorpe, and in 1847 became bishop of Adelaide, Australia. On his arrival he found five clergy, and by 1851 all state aid was discontinued. As a result of the 1850 conference of all the Australian bishops held in Sydney, and of legal advice gained in England in 1853, Short decided to organize his diocese as a voluntary body in 1855. In 1856 the creation of the diocese of Perth relieved him of his oversight of Western Australia. In 1881 he retired through ill- health. He died in Eastbourne, England.