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Creator : Light, William, 1786-1839
Place Of Creation : Kangaroo Island
Date of creation : ca.1836
Format : Artwork
Dimensions : 21.5 cm x 31.0 cm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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This artwork is the illustrated watercolour version of a small pencil line sketch in Light's sketchbook PRG 1/4/176, acknowledged as: Mr Beare's tents, Nepean Bay, Kangaroo Island. Referenced in: Elder, David. Art of William Light . Adelaide: Corporation of the City of Adelaide in association with Wakefield Press, 1987.

In addition to being a soldier, explorer and surveyor, Colonel William Light has been recognised as a skilled artist. During his travels as Surveyor-General of South Australia, he recorded scenes in the new colony with pencil and watercolour sketches.

In January 1836 Light was appointed Surveyor-General of South Australia and sailed from England in May aboard the brig Rapid arriving in South Australia the following August. The South Australian Company had already sent some ships to Kangaroo Island to engage in whaling, and they also carried limited number of settlers.

The Duke of York arrived at Nepean Bay on 27 July 1836 with the Beare family of six among its passengers: Thomas Hudson Beare, his wife Lucy and four children. Mr Beare was appointed as Deputy Colonial Manager and Building Superintendent for the South Australian Company.

After first visiting Encounter Bay, Light sailed to Nepean Bay, arriving on 20 August. In his journal he recorded that he went ashore on 22 August where ...Mr Beare and a few others had pitched their tents... Light made a rough sketch of 'Mr Beare's tents, Nepean Bay, Kangaroo Island' in his notebook . By April 1839 Light had completed this artwork from the earlier sketch.

Related names :

Beare, Thomas Hudson, 1792-1861

Giles, William, 1814-1875

Light, William, 1786-1839


Coverage year : ca.1836
Period : Pre-1836
Place : Nepean Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Region : Kangaroo Island
Further reading :

Elder, David Art of William Light Adelaide: Corporation of the City of Adelaide in association with Wakefield Press, 1987

Light, William William Light's brief journal and Australian diaries with an introduction and notes by David Elder. Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 1984

Dutton, Geoffrey Colonel William Light: founder of a city Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1991

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