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S.A. Northern Pioneers: P. Levi
Title : S.A. Northern Pioneers: P. Levi S.A. Northern Pioneers: P. Levi
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Creator : Mora Studio
Source : B 6912/J6
Date of creation : ca. 1870
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 50 x 33 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Portrait of P. Levi from Mount Margaret from the S.A. Northern Pioneers' composite, 1850-1859 (shown in position on B 6912/3).


Born 1822 in Brixton Hill, Surrey, England. Died at Vale House, Walkerville 13 May 1898 aged 76. He was buried at the Jewish cemetery, West Terrace.

At age 16, Philip Levi arrived in South Australia aboard the Eden (ship) 1838 with his father, Nathaniel Philip Levi. Philip was involved in both pastoral and mercantile business and never married. He was one of the largest stockholders in the country and had properties in the north and north east and on Eyre Peninsula, including Gum Creek. At the height of his pastoral career it was estimated he had 172, 000 sheep and cattle. A well known and influential businessman and pastoralist, Levi was one of the founders and a trustee of the Adelaide Club and aso a renowned horseman who enjoyed a busy Adelaide social life. He had a large family.

Vale House is Adelaide's earliest surviving substantial residence, and is listed on the South Australian Heritage Register and The National Estate. Built in the first five years of white settlement in South Australia, Vale House was occupied by several noted colonists including Captain Edward Frome, and William Clark. In 1853 it was purchased by Philip Levi. During the following 96 years of ownership by the Levi family Vale House became a popular centre of social activity for the Adelaide gentry.

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.

The text which features a selection ofPastoral pioneers of South Australia began a publication of a long series of biographical sketches dealing with the lives of South Australia's Pastoral Pioneers and Old Colonists. The first hundred articles were published in 'Pastoral Pioneers of South Australia, Vol. 1' and the remainder was published in Vol. 2 with a total of 230 articles. Publication began 1 October 1923 and continued weekly until 10 August 1927.

Related names :

Levi, Philip, 1822-1898

Coverage year : 1850-1859 (1885)
Period : 1836-1851,1852-1883
Place : Mount Margaret, Walkerville
Region : Adelaide city,Eyre Peninsula and Far West Coast
Further reading :

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, A Sources 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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