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The path to selecting the site for Adelaide was not an easy one. In fact, South Australia's first governor, John Hindmarsh, firmly disagreed with surveyor-general William Light's choice. Hindmarsh preferred a site on Encounter Bay, close to the Murray Mouth. It was suggested that a canal could connect the seaport capital and the river port of Goolwa. Another suggestion for the location of the South Australian capital was the site of Port Lincoln. Light admitted that a site on the eastern coast of the Gulf of St Vincent was the likeliest rival to his chosen site, but a damning report of the suitability of Encounter Bay as a seaport was made and Light's choice was maintained.

Chart of the anchorages in Encounter Bay [cartographic
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Encounter Bay
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Survey report on the capabilities of Encounter Bay
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The slanderers of the colony – Colonel Torrens’ opi
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