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The Foundation of South Australia, 1852-1883






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The Foundation of South Australia 1852-1883 follows directly from The Foundation of South Australia 1800-1851.

It explores and illustrates the mining boom and exploration period in South Australia, and showcases the themes of People, Places, 1850s gold rush, Agricultural sector growth, Commercial and social aspects, Exploration and expansion in the interior, Introduction to responsible government and the Mining industry development.

Explore resources, including photographs and daguerreotypes, first-hand accounts in diaries and letters, newspaper reports, artistic impressions of Adelaide and the expanding townships, maps, and archival records. Displayed items illustrate the effects of the gold rush, exploration, mining developments... and more.


This project was proudly supported by the State Library of South Australia Foundation.


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