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Richard Jagoe
Title : Richard Jagoe Richard Jagoe
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Date of creation : ca. 1855
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Richard Jagoe, a shipping reporter, in 1874 imported a steam launch, Derwent to provide a service to the large steam ships which anchored in Holdfast Bay at Glenelg and Largs. These ships, to save time on their highly scheduled timetables, moored in the open bay rather than negotiating the narrow Port River. Mail and passengers had to be taken ashore in boats. A goverment vessel carried the mail and any official passengers, but for other passengers and their goods there was only the cargo lighters. Jagoe provided an essential service which was quickly acted upon by others. Many more 'beach boats' followed his Derwent.

Jagoe was a shipping reporter for the Register and the Observer and later for the Advertiser. He lived in the sandhills behind Semaphore and from there could see the ships arriving before anyone else. He would then row out to the ships and obtain the latest news from England and Europe: this was an important service in the days before the telegraph system, or telephones and radio. Jagoe earned the nickname 'Sandhills Savage' because he lived rough in the sand dunes but the closeness to the sea gave him a distinct advantage when time was important in being the first with the news.
He later built a home 'Rhiador' on the corner of Newman Street and the Esplanade.
Period : 1852-1883
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :
Kirk, R. Australian mails via Suez, 1852-1926 Beckenham: Postal History Society, 1989
Molnar, G. P Ship letters of Australia 1788-1901 Sydney: Australian States Study Circle, Royal Sydney Philatelic Club, 1990-1992
Parsons, Ronald, Southern passages: a maritime history of South Australia Netley, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 1986 Chapter Chapter 12 Steam tugs and beach boats
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