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Plan of Eastern Sources of the Torrens [South Australia Company map]
Title : Plan of Eastern Sources of the Torrens [South Australia Company map] Plan of Eastern Sources of the Torrens [South Australia Company map]
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Source : BRG 42/119/19
Date of creation : 1852
Format : Map
Dimensions : 700 x 495 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Plan of Eastern Sources of the Torrens, with portion of plan of combined surveys of the Sources, Stream and Tributaries of the Torrens shown within dotted line. (This area encompasses the Hundreds of Talunga and Tungkillo, east of Birdwood and including Mount Pleasant and Tungkillo.)

Annotated to show purchases in September and October 1851 of 80 acre holdings on account of the South Australian Company in sections 7102, 7103, 7095, 7098, 7109 and 7112, shown in green. Three other sections are also shown in green for Murphy (6611), E. Wall (6624) and T. Collins (6625). Ink with watercolour wash on paper, ink notation. Scale 2 inches to 1 mile. Stamped with date 5.4.[18]52 and signature 'E.R.S.' in left hand bottom corner.


The records of the South Australian Company deposited with the State Library of South Australia, Archival collections (BRG 42 or Business Record Group 42) provide historians and researchers with a useful perspective of the early development of an Australian colonial economy. Besides making a significant contribution to the founding and fashioning of the new settlement of South Australia, the South Australian Company continued to play and important part in the commercial affairs of Adelaide and its surrounding regions for more than a century.

The volume of material contained in the record group is quite substantial, comprising some fifty major series of records which occupy close to nineteen metres of repository shelving. Most of the papers were deposited in the Archival collections in 1937-1938 and came from both the London and Adelaide offices of the company. The collection contains some 150 maps of company lands in South Australia.

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Coverage year : 1852
Period : 1852-1883
Place : Mount Pleasant, Torrens River
Further reading :

Australian dictionary of biography Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press; London; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1966-. Vol. 1, pp.15-18: George Fife Angas; vol. 1, pp. 443-444: William Giles; vol. 2, pp. 176-177: David McLaren; vol. 2, p. 481: Samuel Stephens

Capper, H South Australia: containing hints to emigrants, proceedings of the South Australian Company, a variety of useful and authentic information, a map of the eastern coast of Gulf St. Vincent, and a plan of Adelaide. 2nd ed., considerably augmented. London: Robert Tyas, 1838

Hodder, Edwin. George Fife Angas, father and founder of South Australia. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1891

Mount Pleasant : a brief history Mount Pleasant [S. Aust. : The Group, 1985?] (Angaston, S.A. : Leader Print)

Perkins, Arthur James. South Australia; an agricultural and pastoral state in the making: first decade, 1836-46. Adelaide: Govt. Pr., 1939

Pike, Douglas. Paradise of dissent: South Australia 1829-1857. 2nd ed. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1967. pp.196-220, ch. 9: 'The South Australian Company'

Price, Archibald Grenfell. Founders & pioneers of South Australia Adelaide: Preece, 1929

Internet links :
SA Memory, Foundation of South Australia 1800-1851 South Australian Company

State Library of South Australia Factsheets Online Mapping sources for SA history

State Library of South Australia Factsheets Online South Australian Company


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