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Landing at Port Adelaide in December 1846
Title : Landing at Port Adelaide in December 1846 Landing at Port Adelaide in December 1846
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Creator : Schedlich, Carl
Source : Schedlich, Carl Gustav, D 4302(L)
Date of creation : 1846
Format : Manuscript
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Extract from German settler Carl Gustav Schedlich's memoirs, describing his disappointment upon landing at Port Adelaide in December 1846. He refers to Herr Linger, who was the composer of Song of Australia.

Adelaide's port in the new colony was at first a rather primitive landing place which became known as Port Misery due to the bleak conditions of the muddy swamp. Passengers and goods were landed unsatisfactorily at the site. See Pioneers Landing at Port Adelaide.

In addition to problems with landing from the ships, for several years prior to the completion of a proper road, newly arrived migrants had to walk the considerable distance to reach the settlement at Adelaide. Migrants with sufficient finances had their goods transported by bullocks, but many carried their possessions or used wheelbarrows for transport.

Schedlich described in his memoirs his disappointment upon landing at Port Adelaide in December 1846:
But speak of Adelaide. O Holy Moses. ...Adelaide was a perfect mudhole... Schedlich continued about the colony: All my grand ideas were vanished...we found a priest-ridden, narrow-minded community. Not a sign of intellect or refinement; the country nearly bankrupt, the only industry was the grand Burra Burra copper mine.

Related names :

Schedlich, Carl Gustav, 1821-1901

Linger, Carl, 1810-1862

Coverage year : 1846
Period : 1836-1851
Place : Port Adelaide (S. Aust.)
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :

Beadon, G Notes referring to an early exploration of the swamp of Fife Angus Port Adelaide : Printed at the News, 1881

Pitt, G. Index to pioneers arriving in South Australia from overseas ports, July 1836 to December 1845 Archives Department, 1935

The Flinders history of South Australia. Social history  edited by Eric Richards. Netley, S. Aust. : Wakefield Press, 1986

Lock-Weir, Tracey Visions of Adelaide, 1836-1886 Adelaide : Art Gallery of South Australia, 2005

Mudflats to metropolis: Port Adelaide 1836-1986 [Port Adelaide, S. Aust.: B. & T. Publishers, 1986]

Parsons, Ronald Port Misery and the new port (early Port Adelaide) Lobethal, S. Aust. : R.H. Parsons, 1997

Samuels, Brian History and heritage in the Port Centre and inner harbour: notes for a walk around the Port Centre for the Historical Society of South Australia, 22 October 2000 [Adelaide : Heritage South Australia?, 2000]

Internet links :

SA Memory, The Foundation of South Australia: 1800-1851, Key events and issues, Pioneers Landing at Port Adelaide

State Library of South Australia, General Information Factsheets Online: Shipping and passenger records

Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Edition

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