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River Torrens circa 1850
Title : River Torrens circa 1850 River Torrens circa 1850
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Creator : Calvert, Samuel, 1828-1913
Date of creation : ca. 1850
Format : Artwork
Dimensions : 336 x 227 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

A lithograph from a drawing by Samuel Calvert of early settlement in Adelaide looking south-east from a point near Strangways Terrace in North Adelaide.

In the foreground Aboriginal people are fishing in the River Torrens (Kaurna name: Karrawirra Parri). Cattle yards can be seen middle right and the Mount Lofty Ranges can be seen in the background.

The Torrens rises near Mount Pleasant and flows to the west across the Adelaide Plains. Previously it ran into the Port River, but diverted itself by silting, creating an area of swamp known as the Reedbeds. In the 1930s a channel was made and the river was directed into this, to enter the Gulf St Vincent at Henley Beach South.

Coverage year : 1856
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
Ponds, ponts & Pop-eye : notes for an afternoon afloat on Adelaide's River Torrens, 21 November 1999 / field notes. contributors: Keith Altmann ... [et al.], North Adelaide : Institution of Engineers Australia, South Australian Division, [1999]
Internet links :
Rivers and catchments : Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation website
Did you know? : SA Memory page
National Gallery of Australia : shows a hand coloured version of this lithograph



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