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West side of the Bluff
Title : West side of the Bluff West side of the Bluff
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Creator : Gall, Ernest
Date of creation : ca.1893-1909
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 160 x 120 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

West side of the Bluff also known as Rosetta Head looking from King's Beach.

The Hindmarsh flows through the valley of the same name, and never stream meandered through a fairer scene of rich natural beauty : surrounded as it is by lofty hills, and clothed with magnificent eucalypti of many kinds, from the lordly blue and red gum to the drooping peppermint, with the handsome blackwood, shea-oak, and acacia in park-like beauty ; splendidly grassed and rich with the wild, lavish glory of Australian native flowers... Between the Inman and the curving hills that end in the Bluff there lay a thickly timbered stretch of gently undulating country ; on the richer bottom-lands lofty gum-trees towered skyward, while on the slopes the smaller plant-life of Australian forests grew in luxurious profusion. Along the low sandbanks of the sea-shore, almost to the very water's edge, stood numerous trees and bushes that have now almost entirely disappeared. The hills were covered, even up to the crest of the Bluff and almost to the extremest brink of the storm-swept cliffs, as far as Newland's Head, with the hardy, indigenous growth of the Southern land. (Simpson Newland, Paving the Way p. 38)

Simpson Newland (1835-1925) was pastoralist, author and politician who arrived at Encounter Bay in 1839 with his family and was profoundly influenced by the natural environment and the Aborigines and whalers of the area. In Paving the way, his first novel published in 1893, he describes the early days of European settlement of Encounter Bay and his love of the country is shown in this description of the area.

Ernest Gall was a professional photographer based in Adelaide.

Coverage year : 1906
Place : Victor Harbor
Region : Fleurieu Peninsula
Further reading :
Internet links :
Pilot Encounter Marine Park : Department for Ennvironment and Heritage website
Simpson Newland : Australian Dictionary of Biography entry written by GK Jenkin



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