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Strangways and Hutchinson set out
Title : Strangways and Hutchinson set out Strangways and Hutchinson set out
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Creator : James, T. Horton (Thomas Horton)
Source : Six months in South Australia ..., p. 280
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : J. Cross
Date of creation : 1838
Format : Book
Contributor : City of Tea Tree Gully Local History Collection
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In November 1837, less than a year after the settlement of South Australia, T Bewes Strangways and Young Bingham Hutchinson set out from Adelaide to explore the Murray River, intending to borrow a whaleboat and crew from the whaling station at Encounter Bay. They wanted to test the navigability of the Murray Mouth and explore up river. This portion of the young colony was still little known. The men would also search for another outlet from Lake Alexandrina for the river. The southern ranges of the Fleurieu Peninsula were extremely precipitous and their passage difficult.

The question of an alternative outlet for the River Murray and Lake Alexandrina had previously been examined in 1831 by Captain Collet Barker. He had not found one, and had been killed after swimming alone across the Murray Mouth. Strangways and Hutchinson found the Murray Mouth navigable, but it was not always so, as they discovered later.
Related names :

Strangways, Thomas Bewes, d. 1859

Hutchinson, Young Bingham, 1806-1870

Barker, Collet, 1784-1831

Coverage year : 1837
Region : Fleurieu Peninsula
Further reading :
Jennings, Helen Young Bingham Hutchinson (1806-70) and the foundation of South Australia Adelaide: Pioneers' Association of South Australia, 1991
Williams, Gwenneth South Australian exploration to 1856 Adelaide: Board of Governors of the Public Library, Museum, and Art Gallery of South Australia, 1919
Hutchinson, Young Bingham, Ascent of Mount Lofty, 1837 Aldgate, S.A.: Pump Press, 1957
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