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An excellent harbour is found
Title : An excellent harbour is found An excellent harbour is found
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Creator : Light, William, 1786-1839
Source : A brief journal of the proceedings of William Light ..., p. 8
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : A. Macdougall
Date of creation : 1839
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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On 26 September 1836, William Light entered an inlet, explored it and decided it would make a fine harbour. It was sheltered from every wind and was some 3-4 fathoms (18-24 feet) deep. However, it was not the harbour described by Captain Jones and which he had been searching for. Light left to continue his search further up Gulf Saint Vincent, but found only low swampy ground and mangroves. He despatched one of the Rapid's boats to investigate the shore more closely, but did not believe Jones's harbour was here.

A good harbour was essential for the new town that Light was commissioned to survey: he needed to find good land, a reliable water source and a good harbour all within close proximity to each other. There were already settlers on Kangaroo Island who had arrived in advance of his surveying team, and who anxiously and impatiently waited on his decision for a site for the first settlement.
Related names :

Light, William, 1786-1839

Jones, John, fl. 1820-1833

Coverage year : 1836
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :
Light, William, William Light's brief journal and Australian diaries with an introduction and notes by David Elder Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 1984
Johnson, Donald Leslie, The Adelaide city plan: fiction and fact Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 1986
Mayo, M. P. The life and letters of Col. William Light Adelaide: F.W. Preece & Sons, 1937
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