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Onkaparinga mouth is examined
Title : Onkaparinga mouth is examined Onkaparinga mouth is examined
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Creator : Light, William, 1786-1839
Source : A brief journal of the proceedings of William Light ..., p. 14
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : A. Macdougall
Date of creation : 1839
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Light sailed south down the coast to look for a large river he had been told about by an Aboriginal woman. On 10 October the party anchored offshore and William Pullen set out to examine the mouth. He was unable to enter it due to the surf. He could however see some way upstream and reported it was a large river. It was the river we now call the Onkaparinga. Light then recorded Captain Jones's description of his harbour, which he had been searching for over the last two weeks. In fact he had found it when he examined the inlet 27-30 September, but as it had not matched Jones's description Light had continued to look elsewhere.

The following day Light was advised that his second ship, Cygnet, had arrived at Kangaroo Island. He called off his searches at this stage, and moved down to Rapid Bay, where he arranged for the men and supplies from the Cygnet to come. From there he would go on to examine Port Lincoln, as ordered in his instructions. Finally on 20 November he was again able to examine the inlet, this time looking at the southern reach. Finally he was convinced that this would be the harbour for the new town-- it was 'one of the finest little harbours I ever saw'. The settlement of Adelaide would be established on the eastern coast of Saint Vincent Gulf, and Light would 'leave it to posterity ... to decide whether I am entitled to praise or to blame'.
Related names :

Light, William, 1786-1839

Pullen, William John Samuel, 1813-1887

Jones, John, fl. 1820-1833

Cygnet (Ship)

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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