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S.A. Northern Pioneers: James Fisher
Title : S.A. Northern Pioneers: James Fisher S.A. Northern Pioneers: James Fisher
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Creator : Mora Studio
Source : B 6912/E8
Date of creation : ca. 1870
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 50 x 33 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

Portrait of James Fisher from Bundaleer from the S.A. Northern Pioneers' composite, 1850-1859 (shown in position on B 6912/2).


Born c. 1816. Died 1913 in England.

James was son of Sir James Hurtle Fisher, the first resident commissioner of South Australia. James (junior) arrived with his parents and brother, Charles on the Buffalo (ship) December 1836.

Bundaleer Forest was originally part of the Bundaleer Run, a vast pastoral station established by S.A. Northern Pioneer, J.B. Hughes in 1844. In 1875, the South Australian Government appointed a Forest Board and created Forest Reserves mainly in the South East and some sections of the north of South Australia. The Forest Board commenced work at Bundaleer Springs in 1876 when a nurseryman, William Curnow was sent to establish a nursery and prepare 400 hectares for planting. The Bundaleer Reservoir scheme is of significance in South Australia's engineering heritage. The large water catchment scheme, using the Bundaleer Creek and the Broughton River, supplied the Copper Triangle and rural areas north of the Yorke Peninsula and Clare. The scheme was built during a time of unemployment as a relief project.

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 of Pastoral 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 :

Fisher, James, 1816-1913

Fisher, C. B. (Charles Brown), 1818-1908

Fisher, Sir James Hurtle, 1790-1875

Coverage year : 1850-1859 (1885)
Period : 1836-1851,1852-1883
Place : Clare, Bundaleer
Region : Mid North,Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback,Yorke Peninsula
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

Internet links :

SA Memory, The Foundation of South Australia 1800-1851 S.A. Northern Pioneers

Department of Environment and Heritage

Art Gallery of South Australia About Photographers

National Library of Australia. Pictures catalogue

Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Edition Search for Fisher, James Hurtle and Fisher, Charles Brown

State Library of South Australia, General Information Factsheets Online

Pictures Catalogue National Library of Australia




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