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Climate of Kangaroo Island
Title : Climate of Kangaroo Island Climate of Kangaroo Island
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Creator : Sutherland, George, Captain
Source : South Australia: outline of the plan of a proposed colony to be founded on the south coast of Australia; with an account of the soil, climate, rivers, &c, p. 50
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : Ridgway and Sons
Date of creation : 1834
Additional Creator : South Australian Association
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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In this document, Sutherland describes the climate during the summer, autumn and winter of his stay on Kangaroo Island in 1819. He considers the harbours safe during the south westerlies that prevail at this time, but notes that the southern coast is still not well charted and vessels would be advised to be cautious in approaching this shore in windy weather. He also refers to the escaped convicts from Tasmania and New South Wales who live like savages on the island.

Captain George Sutherland was employed in 1819 by Mary Reiby, a Sydney trader, to collect sealskins and salt from Kangaroo Island. He stayed on the island for eight months from January to August and 12 years later provided a detailed report on the island. Sutherland was an experienced captain having made the voyage from England to Sydney a number of times. His report was made to the Committee formed in London for the purpose of establishing a colony in South Australia. This report was subsequently published in several publications which promoted a settlement in South Australia. Sutherland's report was detailed and he was, in addition cross-examined by the committee in 1831. The South Australian Company officials subsequently considered that Sutherland's reports were inaccurate, but it should be taken into consideration that the Australian climate was still poorly understood, and Sutherland may have been on the island in an unusually good year.

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Kangaroo Island (S. Aust.)

Sutherland, George, Captain

South Australian Association

Coverage year : 1834
Period : Pre-1836
Place : South Australia
Region : Kangaroo Island
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