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Chart of Port Adelaide, South Australia [cartographic material]
Title : Chart of Port Adelaide, South Australia [cartographic material] Chart of Port Adelaide, South Australia [cartographic material]
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Creator : Light, William, 1786-1839
Source : Chart of Port Adelaide, South Australia [cartographic material]
Place Of Creation : [Adelaide]
Publisher : Survey Dept.
Date of creation : 1839
Additional Creator : Burslam, F. H Hamilton, S Moffitt, William, 1802-1874
Format : Map
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Chart of Port Adelaide covering part of LeFevre's Peninsula and Torrens Island and showing detailed topography of the Torrens River and surrounding landcover. The references under Remarks demonstrates the hopes of the Colony to provide anchorage of visiting vessels along the river and access further up to the city of Adelaide. It includes accompanying text providing navigational directions to those sailing the Gulf of St. Vincent and entitled: Directions

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Chart of Port Adelaide covering part of LeFevre's Peninsula and Torrens Island and showing detailed topography of the Port River and surrounding landcover. Several buoys are already laid down and a number of places are marked on the map as follows: A the landing place at Holdfast Bay, B the Old Landing Place (Port Misery) at the lower edge of the map, C the New Landing Place or Inner Harbor as it is now known. Several locations are D: adjacent or in the North Arm south of Torrens Island these are all represented as future locations for the port. E immediately adjacent to the North Arm is considered a suitable anchorage for the largest vessels. O is at the entrance to the river and is noted as a very good anchorage outside the outer bar.

William Light's selection for the site of Adelaide was dependent on finding a good harbour. After a considerable search in which he had to reconcile actual locations with vague reports from whaling captains, as well as examine Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln, he finally identified the Port River as a suitable harbour in November 1836. The first ship to enter the Port River Tam-o-Shanter was also the first casualty as it grounded on the outer bar to the river. It was however refloated. In 1839 the decision was made to move the harbour downstream to C the site of the present Inner Harbor.

Related names :

Light, William, 1786-1839

Coverage year : 1839
Period : 1836-1851
Place : Port Adelaide
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :
Couper-Smartt, John. Port Adelaide: tales from a "commodious harbour" Port Adelaide: Friends of the South Australian Maritime Museum, 2003
Mudflats to metropolis: Port Adelaide 1836-1986 [Port Adelaide, S. Aust.: B. & T. Publishers, 1986]
Parsons, Ronald. Port Misery and the new port: the early Port Adelaide Magill, S. Aust.: R.H. Parsons, c1977
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