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Patawalonga River discovered
Title : Patawalonga River discovered Patawalonga River discovered
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Creator : Light, William, 1786-1839
Source : A brief journal of the proceedings of William Light ..., p. 12
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : A. Macdougall
Date of creation : 1839
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Light landed on 3 October to explore a river mouth seen from the ship. Several of his men walked inland a little to examine the soil; they found it to be excellent and the country having many fresh water lagoons. Light was pleased too with the river, the Patawalonga, and thought it had great possibilities. On 5 October he sent two of his men to trace the river inland, and they found the water to be fresh some four miles inland.

Light considered that even if the lagoons dried up in the summer, wells could be dug and water would be found at no great depth. All together, this side of the gulf was looking more and more promising. He was obliged however, by his instructions from the Colonization Commissioners to search other parts of the South Australian coastline, including Encounter Bay and Port Lincoln.
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Light, William, 1786-1839

Coverage year : 1836
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :
Light, William, William Light's brief journal and Australian diaries Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 1984
Johnson, Donald Leslie, The Adelaide city plan: fiction and fact Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 1986
Dutton, Geoffrey, Colonel William Light: founder of a city Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1991
Mayo, M. P. The life and letters of Col. William Light Adelaide: F.W. Preece & Sons, 1937
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