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Morphett Vale
Title : Morphett Vale Morphett Vale
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Creator : Kelly, Alex C., 1811-1877, artist
Source : B 5765
Date of creation : 1845
Format : Artwork
Dimensions : 263 x 159 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

View looking across the valley at Morphett Vale, with evidence of settlement (cleared land, grazing cattle, huts and fences) apparent in the landscape.

Alexander Charles Kelly was born at Leith, Scotland in 1811. He was awarded a medical degree by Edinburgh University in 1832. Kelly acted as a surgeon on the East India Company's ships in 1833. He emigrated to South Australia aboard the Baboo in 1840 and began a medical practice at Port Adelaide. A year later, he was appointed assistant surgeon at Adelaide Hospital.

He subsequently bought land at Morphett Vale in 1842 and named the property 'Trinity'. Morphett vale is now a major town of southern Adelaide. In 1845, Kelly began planting vines on his property, and became a partner in Tintara Vineyard Company in 1862. Kelly was married in 1854 to Annie Worthington (1826-1912). He sold his Trinity vineyard and began planting vines for Tintara at Willunga in 1863. Tintara went into voluntary liquidation in the 1870s. Kelly retired in 1876 and died in 1877.

Related names :

Kelly, Alex C., 1811-1877

Morphett Vale (S. Aust.)

Coverage year : 1845
Period : 1836-1851
Place : Morphett Vale, South Australia
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :

D. Hall and V. Hankel, introduction to A. C. Kelly, Wine-Growing in Australia Sydney: David Ell Press, 1980

D. Hall and V. Hankel, The Vine in Australia Sydney: David Ell Press, 1980

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