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Field and Pullen each explore the inlet
Title : Field and Pullen each explore the inlet Field and Pullen each explore the inlet
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Creator : Light, William, 1786-1839
Source : A brief journal of the proceedings of William Light ... p. 9
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : A. Macdougall
Date of creation : 1839
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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In 1836 William Light arrived ahead of the settlers and examined the coast of South Australia, in particular looking for a fine harbour described by Captain Jones, a sealer. On September 28 Light returned to an earlier anchorage and William Field and William Pullen each explored again the inlet they had examined on the 26th. Their descriptions of the inlet were very different from Captain Jones's, with two channels and two islands, and no fresh water. This was the Port River Inlet and was considered a good site for a harbour.
During the course of this search, the Onkaparinga River was again found. In his Brief journal Light records that on the 3 October a large river was sighted but it was not until the 10 October that they located it and William Pullen was sent to examine it.  He reported that he had been unable to enter the river because of the large surf at the mouth.  He was however able to see some distance upstream and described it as a large river. The river is not named on Light's chart of the east coast of Saint Vincent's Gulf but its mouth is marked as 'Oct 10'.  In his surveys to find the best site for the capital of the new province of South Australia Light examined Kangaroo Island, Port Lincoln, and Encounter Bay. 
Having found the site for a harbour, and explored the eastern side of St Vincent's Gulf, Light's attention was turned inwards to the land.
Related names :

Light, William, 1786-1839

Pullen, William John Samuel

Field, William George, d. 1850

Coverage year : 1836
Period : 1836-1851
Place : South Australia
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :

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

Johnson, Donald Leslie, The Adelaide city plan: fiction and fact Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 1986

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

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

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