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Rivoli Bay surveyed
Title : Rivoli Bay surveyed Rivoli Bay surveyed
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Creator : Angas, George French, 1822-1886
Source : South Australia illustrated, plate 38
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, George Grey led an expedition to the south-east of South Australia in April and May 1844. The artist George French Angas accompanied him. At Rivoli Bay a camp was formed and a detailed survey of the Bay begun while Grey explored further inland. Angas wrote in the accompanying text that 'although [the bay was] open to the S.W., a natural breakwater is formed by reefs that stretch across the entrance to the bay, rendering it pretty smooth within. Several vessels have already entered this bay and laid at anchor there, and more recently a township has been formed; it being the intention of the Government to make this the port of the new country to the eastward, and stretching away towards Mt Gambier and Mt Schanck...' Angas was referring to the town of Robe on Guichen Bay to the north of Rivoli Bay which was proclaimed on 23 July 1846, having been surveyed by Thomas Burr, Deputy Surveyor-General. Burr had accompanied Grey on the 1844 expedition.

Mount Gambier and Mount Schank had been named by Lieutenant James Grant on 3 December 1800 as he passed the adjacent coastline en route to Sydney in the Lady Nelson. He also named Capes Banks and Northumberland. This was the first recorded European discovery along the southern Australian coast since Pieter Nuyts and Frans Thyssen in January 1627. Rivoli Bay was named by the Baudin expedition in 1802. George Grey decided to explore the district in 1844 as it was still a poorly known region of the colony of South Australia, with the only reports of it being those of men overlanding stock to Adelaide.
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Grey, George, Sir, 1812-1898

Angas, George French, 1822-1886

Coverage year : 1844
Place : Rivoli Bay
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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