State Library of South Australia logo Wooden walls and iron sides
SA Memory. South Australia past and present, for the future

Beatrice or Flinders
Title : Beatrice or Flinders Beatrice or Flinders
Add To My SA Memory
Creator : Government Photolithographer, photographer
Source : B 1
Date of creation : ca. 1877
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library catalogue
Catalogue record
The State Library of South Australia is keen to find out more about SA Memory items. We encourage you to contact the Library if you have additional information about any of these items.
Copyright : Reproduction rights are owned by State Library of South Australia. This image may be printed or saved for research or study. Use for any other purpose requires permission from the State Library of South Australia. To request approval, complete the Permission to publish form.
Description :

Shipping at Port Adelaide, looking East, probably from the Government Dockyard, with Prince's Wharf and Prince's stores on the right. The vessel in the foreground with the pennant is either the Beatrice or the Flinders.

The Flinders was acquired by the Marine Board in 1865 amid some controversy because of her cost. Poorly maintained she sank at her moorings in 1873. This makes it more likely that the photograph is of the Beatrice which had a much longer service for the South Australian government. In 1862 Beatrice was purchased jointly by the Admiralty and the South Australian government for survey work along its coasts. Some of this time was spent on the Northern Territory coast after it was annexed by South Australia in 1863. By 1880 Beatrice was owned solely by South Australia and spent some years as a marker for the moorings for the large mail ships off Glenelg and Semaphore.
Period : 1852-1883
Place : Port Adelaide
Further reading :

Parsons, Ronald, The Navy in South Australia Lobethal, S.A.: R.H. Parsons, 1974

Ingleton, Geoffrey C. Charting a continent: a brief memoir on the history of marine exploration and hydrographical surveying in Australian waters ... Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1944 Chapter 8 Colonial marine surveys

Parsons, Ronald, Southern passages: a maritime history of South Australia Netley, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 1986

Couper-Smartt, John Port Adelaide: tales from a "commodious harbour" Port Adelaide: Friends of the South Australian Maritime Museum, 2003

Internet links :
Exhibitions and events :

State Library of South Australia: Mortlock Wing exhibitions. Wooden Walls and Iron Sides August 2004-



About SA Memory

Explore SA Memory

SA Memory Themes


My SA Memory


What's on