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S.A. Northern Pioneers: W.L. Beare
Title : S.A. Northern Pioneers: W.L. Beare S.A. Northern Pioneers: W.L. Beare
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Creator : Mora studio
Source : B 6912/L7
Date of creation : ca. 1870
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 50 x 33 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Portrait of W.L. Beare from Bungaree from the S.A. Northern Pioneers' composite, 1850-1859 (shown in position on B 6912/4).


Born 1825 in Hampshire, England. Died 16 July 1910, age 84 at Glenelg.

In Adelaide, Beare married Agnes Charlotte Alston, 17 July 1854. She was a daughter of pioneer George Alston. She was born 1833 and died 29 May 1892 at Glenelg. The had eight children;

Agnes Maria Christina, 19 April 1855 -1942

Emmy Lucy Charlotte SOWARD, 23 July 1857 - 11 June 1944.

Violet Dora, 15 July 1859 - 24 August 1910

William George Douglass, 30 July 1861 - 1940

Charles Alston, 28 April 1863 - 21 June 1935

Nellie Laura, 20 May 1866

Margaret Doras Beatrice MACLAGAN, 21 February 1875 - 1959

Noel Gilbert, 28 April 1878

Beare arrived in Nepean Bay at Kingscote, Kangaroo Island South Australia on the Duke of York (ship) 27 July 1836, as part of the first immigrants to South Australia. He was then only 10 years old and arrived with his father, Thomas Hudson Beare and mother and three sisters, reportedly one of whom had the honour of being the first person to land on the shore. After 2 years on Kangaroo Island the family moved to Adelaide, and Beare worked on a dairy farm and then on sheep stations as a manager. One property was Ryelands, east of Kapunda and later, Koolunga station. He then became the manager of the Bungaree Station at Clare for G. C. Hawker and at the Carriewerloo run, north west of Port Augusta. He worked as a magistrate at Clare while he was resident at Bungaree. In the early 1870s Beare jointly purchased runs at Mount Serle and Ooraparinna in the far north, near the Gammon Ranges. Lack of success forced him to sell these properties, and he eventually retired to live in his property, "Netley", at Glenelg.

The photographic composite image (B 6912 ) of South Australian pastoral pioneers began as a display of 121 individual portraits, each attached to a board and labelled with the name and location of the pioneer in northern South Australia. The individual portraits are available to view on SA Memory, Foundation of South Australia 1800-1851, 'S.A. Northern Pioneers' along with updated information about the individual people. The composite was compiled in 1908 by Mora Studio, 83 Rundle St. Adelaide. All of the portraits are of a later date than the 1850s decade, but many are considerably earlier than 1908. However, the pioneers pictured were active in the late 1840s and early 1850s era.

Related names :

Beare, William Loose, 1825-1910

Hawker, George Charles, 1818-1895

Bungaree Station

Coverage year : 1850-1859 (1885)
Period : 1836-1851,1852-1883
Place : Clare, Bungaree Station
Region : Mid North
Further reading :

Hawker, Frankie Bungaree: : land, stock & people Everard Park, S. Aust. : Turnbull Fox Phillips Adelaide, 1992

Tonkin, Bungaree : a study of landscape change by pastoralism Thesis (B.A.(Hons.)) -- University of Adelaide, 1969

Cockburn, R Pastoral pioneers of South Australia 2 v. (207; 263 p.) Adelaide : Publishers Limited, 1925-1927 ("Reprinted from the Adelaide Stock and Station Journal.")

Robinson, J A century in focus : South Australian photography, 1840s-1940s Adelaide : Art Gallery of South Australia, 2007

Barrie, S 150th anniversary of professional photography in Australia, 12th December 1842 to 1992 : a historical retrospective [Morningside, Qld.] : S. Barrie, [1992]

Peake, ASources for South Australian History Dulwich, S. Aust. : Tudor Australia Press, 1987

Davies, A The Mechanical eye in Australia: Photography 1841-1900 Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1985

Burrows, A. Kith and Kin: Sources for family history Libraries Board of South Australia, Adelaide: 1994

Kwan, Elizabeth. Living in South Australia: a social history, Netley, S. Aust.: South Australian Government Printer, 1987

Migration Museum. From many places: the history and cultural traditions of South Australian people, Kent Town, S. Aust.: Migration Museum (History Trust of S.A.) in association with Wakefield Press, 1995

The Wakefield companion to South Australian history. Editor Wilfrid Prest. Kent Town, S. Aust. : Wakefield Press, 2001

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