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Waungerri Lake and the Marble Range (Wangary)
Title : Waungerri Lake and the Marble Range (Wangary) Waungerri Lake and the Marble Range (Wangary)
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Creator : Angas, George French, 1822-1886, artist
Source : B 15276/20
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : Thomas McLean
Date of creation : 1847
Additional Creator : Giles, J.W.
Format : Artwork
Dimensions : 246 x 339 mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Illustrated image of Waungerri Lake westward of Port Lincoln (also known as Lake Wangary), from GF Angas' South Australia illustrated publication. Waungerri was the spelling used by Angas for 'Wangary'. Part of the text accompanying the Plate 20 illustration reads;

About thirty miles to the North and West of Port Lincoln, there is a rich and beautiful country, as yet but little known, having several fine lakes of water, and luxuriant pasture-land scattered with park-like trees; beyond these lakes rise two distinct ranges of lofty and abrupt hills.

The Register of 13 June 1904, page 8a describes the Lake: 'Its waters are fresh and are well stocked with a species of mullet [but] the fish are fastidious in their tastes and no bait has yet been found sufficiently attractive to make them take the hook....'

Mount Dutton can clearly be seen in the background and the nearby hills are mosy likely rock outcrops. This is one of 60 coloured lithographs found in the 1847 edition of South Australia illustrated by colonial artist GF Angas, together with a descriptive passage for each. The lithograph was created by J.W. Giles from Angas' original painting. The date assigned is assumed to be approximately when the lithographs were created; the original paintings were done in earlier years.

George French Angas was a trained artist. He sailed for Australia in 1843 in the Augustus (ship) arriving in South Australia January 1844. He then joined Grey on his expedition and his paintings, published several years later in South Australia illustrated and form a valuable record of the South Australian landscape before it was much changed by white settlement. Naturalist and painter, was born on 25 April 1822 at Newcastle upon Tyne, England, fourth child and eldest son of George Fife Angas and his wife Rosetta, née French, Angas remained in South Australia until July when he left for New Zealand. He returned to South Australia in January 1845 and remained for six months. During these visits to South Australia Angas went with William Giles to the area in the vicinity of the mouth of the River Murray, and with Governor (Sir) George Grey to the south-east of the province, Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln. These journeys Angas recorded in water-colour drawings which were shown in Adelaide in June 1845 in the Legislative Council chamber.

Related names :

Angas, George French, 1822-1886

Giles, J.W.

Coverage year : ca.1847
Period : 1836-1851
Place : Lake Wangary
Region : Eyre Peninsula and Far West Coast
Further reading :

Angas, G.F. South Australia illustrated London : Thomas M'Lean, 1847

Colwell, M and Alan Naylor. Adelaide: an illustrated history, [Joslin, S. Aust.]: McP, 1981

Insights into South Australian history, volume 2: South Australia's German history and heritage, Harmstorf, Ian A. ed, Adelaide: Historical Society of South Australia, 1992-

Kwan, Elizabeth. Living in South Australia: a social history, Netley, S. Aust.: South Australian Government Printer, 1987

Migration Museum. From many places: the history and cultural traditions of South Australian people, Kent Town, S. Aust.: Migration Museum (History Trust of S.A.) in association with Wakefield Press, 1995

Whitley, Gilbert P. Conchologists of the past. 2, George French Angas. [Melbourne?: Malacological Society of Australia?, 1969?]

Tregenza, John. George French Angas, artist, traveller and naturalist, 1822-1886. Adelaide: Art Gallery Board of South Australia, 1980

Casanova, Jack Fading footprints: pioneers, runs & settlement of the lower Eyre Peninsula Port Lincoln, S. Aust.: J. Casanova, 1992

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