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Hindley Street
Title : Hindley Street Hindley Street
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Creator : Kelly, Alex C., 1811-1877, artist
Source : B 5758
Date of creation : 1844
Format : Artwork
Dimensions : 258 x 163 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

View looking east along Hindley Street, with the various buildings on either side, and people, horses and carts in the street.

Alexander Charles Kelly was born at Leith, Scotland in 1811. He was awarded a medical degree by Edinburgh University in 1832, and acted as a surgeon on the East India Company's ships in 1833.

Dr Kelly emigrated to South Australia aboard the Baboo in 1840. He began a medical practice at Port Adelaide, and was appointed assistant surgeon at Adelaide Hospital in 1841. Dr Kelly bought land at Morphett Vale in 1842, naming the property 'Trinity', and began planting vines in 1845. In 1854, he married Annie Worthington (1826-1912). Kelly became a partner in Tintara Vineyard Company in 1862. He sold Trinity vineyard and began planting vines for Tintara at Willunga in 1863. Tintara went into voluntary liquidation in the 1870s. Dr Kelly retired in 1876 and died the following year.

Mary Thomas, daughter of early pioneers and printing press operators, Robert and Mary Thomas, often referred to Rhantregwnwyn cottage, her family home in Hindley Street, in her diary (PRG 1160/6);

Dec. 27, 1839.   Rhantregwnwyn Cottage [Hindley Street] is nearly finished and is to be our future residence, Frances, Helen, and I slept there this night for the first time. The workmen were papering one of the parlors all night, because my sister's wedding is to be kept there and we are pressed for time. We have been busy all day in cleaning silver, glass, and china for the party tomorrow.

Feb. 27, 1846.   The fire works were exhibited this evening, but we saw only a few rockets from our own door and the top of the stone house.

[Note from Mrs. E.H. Bushell, a great grand-daughter - Feb. 27, 1846: Robert Thomas, Senior, owned also three cottages at the rear of Rhantregwnwyn. The stone house mentioned was either a house of four rooms, about 60 feet from Rhantregwnyn, or else the two story building was the Register printing office. The Thomas flower garden is now called Register Lane, and the printing office afterwards became the Clarendon Hotel, probably after being rebuilt. Rhantregwnwyn faced east, and the side of the house faced Hindley Street. It had seven rooms. At the rear was a fruit and vegetable garden, through which a dry creek ran north and south. It was about two feet deep and three feet wide. It was spanned by a little foot bridge.]

Related names :

Hindley Street, Adelaide (S. Aust)

Baboo (ship)

Kelly, Alex C., 1811-1877

Tintara Vineyard Company (McLaren Vale, S. Aust. : Winery)

Coverage year : 1844
Period : 1836-1851
Place : Hindley Street, Adelaide
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

Kelly papers (PRG 628, State Library of South Australia)

Page, Michael F. Colonial South Australia: its people and buildings / text by Michael Page ; illustrations by Robert Ingpen. South Melbourne : J.M. Dent, 1985

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

Duncan, Beth Mary Thomas : founding mother : the life and times of a South Australian pioneer Kent Town, S. Aust. : Wakefield Press, 2007


Internet links :

SA Memory, Foundation of South Australia 1800-1851 Diary of Mary Thomas (Senior) PRG 1160/1

Adelaide West End Association

Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Edition

Australian dictionary of biography online see: Kelly,Alexander Charles1811-1877

State Library of South Australia, General Information Factsheets Online: Wine

State Library of South Australia, General Information Factsheets Online: Occupations



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