Reverend Charles Beaumont Howard


Reverend Charles Beaumont Howard





Biographical Text

South Australia’s first colonial chaplain was the Reverend Charles Beaumont Howard, a Dubliner who graduated from Trinity College, as was his wife Grace. They arrived on the Buffalo into Holdfast Bay on December 28, 1836 and conducted the first religious service on New Year’s Day 1837. Although he brought his parsonage with him on the ship, early days in the Colony meant the Reverend had to transport it himself using a hand truck the seven miles to the city. Thereafter he travelled by horse to surrounding districts. He was the only clergyman in the Colony until 1840. He too played a part in developing the social and civic fabric of Adelaide as a board member for the Hospital, Botanic Gardens, and Aboriginal Protection. He also played the violin and reportedly entertained the other passengers on the journey out.

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