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Mr Beare's tents, Nepean Bay, Kangaroo Island
Title : Mr Beare's tents, Nepean Bay, Kangaroo Island Mr Beare's tents, Nepean Bay, Kangaroo Island
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Creator : Light, William, 1786-1839
Date of creation : ca.1836
Format : Artwork
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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In addition to being a soldier, explorer and surveyor, Colonel William Light has been recognised as a skilled artist. During his travels as Surveyor-General of South Australia, he recorded scenes in the new colony with pencil and watercolour sketches.

In January 1836 Light was appointed Surveyor-General of South Australia. Light sailed from England in May in the brig Rapid , and arrived in South Australia in the following August. The South Australian Company had sent ahead some ships to Kangaroo Island to engage in whaling, and carrying a limited number of settlers. The Duke of York arrived at Nepean Bay on 27 July 1836 with the Beare family of six among its passengers: Thomas Hudson Beare, his wife Lucy and four children. Thomas Beare was appointed as Deputy Colonial Manager and Building Superintendent for the South Australian Company.

After first visiting Encounter Bay, Light sailed to Nepean Bay, arriving on 20 August. In his journal he recorded that he went ashore on 22 August where '...Mr Beare and a few others had pitched their tents...' Light made a rough sketch of 'Mr Beare's tents, Nepean Bay, Kangaroo Island' in his notebook . By April 1839 Light had completed this artwork from the earlier sketch.

Period : 1836-1851
Region : Kangaroo Island
Further reading :

Elder, David Art of William Light Adelaide: Corporation of the City of Adelaide in association with Wakefield Press, 1987

Light, William William Light's brief journal and Australian diaries with an introduction and notes by David Elder. Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 1984

Dutton, Geoffrey Colonel William Light: founder of a city Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1991

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