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Mt Gambier climbed
Title : Mt Gambier climbed Mt Gambier climbed
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Creator : Angas, George French, 1822-1886
Source : South Australia illustrated, plate 17
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : Thomas M'Lean
Date of creation : 1847
Additional Creator : Grey, George, Sir, 1812-1898
Format : Book
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South Australian Governor, Sir George Grey and artist George French Angas together with the expedition party continued inland from the coast and climbed Mount Schank and Mount Gambier, extinct volcanoes which dominate the South East region of South Australia. They also discovered and named Mount Burr. They had left some of the expedition at Rivoli Bay to survey the area. Angas's illustration of Mount Gambier shows what is now known as the Blue Lake, because of the way in which it changes to a bright blue between November and April, before reverting to a duller colour for the remaining months of the year. Angas wrote in his description of the lake that it was 'of unknown depth, that looks fearfully dark and gloomy when viewed from the heights above ...'

George Grey was appointed Governor of South Australia in October 1840. He had previously explored in Western Australia, and served as Resident Magistrate at King George Sound. In 1844 he took time out from his government duties to explore the south-east portion of the colony, which was only known from the brief reports of men overlanding stock from Victoria. In 1845 Grey was appointed Governor of New Zealand and subsequently of South Africa. George French Angas was the son of George Fife Angas and a trained artist. He arrived in South Australia in January 1844 and joined Grey on his expedition and his paintings, published several years later in South Australia illustrated and form a valuable record of the South Australian landscape before it was much changed by white settlement.
Related names :

Grey, George, Sir, 1812-1898

Angas, George French, 1822-1886

Coverage year : 1844
Place : Mount Gambier
Further reading :
Tregenza, John, George French Angas, artist, traveller and naturalist, 1822-1886 Adelaide: Art Gallery Board of South Australia, 1980
Burr, Thomas 'Account of Governor Grey's exploratory journey along the south-eastern seaboard of South Australia', Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, vol. 15, 1845, pp. 160-184
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