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'Symmetry', Port Adelaide
Title : 'Symmetry', Port Adelaide 'Symmetry', Port Adelaide
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Creator : Kelly, Alex C., 1811-1877, artist
Source : B 5759
Date of creation : 1844
Format : Artwork
Dimensions : 253 x 166 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

The sailing ship Symmetry moored at Port Adelaide, with two figures with a rowing boat in the foreground, and other vessels, and a building in the background.

Adelaide's port was initially higher up the Port River, south of the present Jervois Bridge. Dubbed 'Port Misery' because disembarking passengers had to struggle through mangrove swamp and over sandhills before commencing the trek to Adelaide, the site was quickly abandoned and in May 1839 work began on the 'New Port' some distance downstream, and the site of the present Inner Harbor. The South Australian Company built the first wharf, McLaren Wharf, and began construction of the road to Adelaide. Port Adelaide continued to expand. Passengers no longer disembarked into a mangrove swamp.

This work was illustrated by Alexander Charles Kelly. 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'. 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.

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Coverage year : 1844
Period : 1836-1851
Place : Port Adelaide, South Australia
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :

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

Ritter, Ron. Triumph, tragedy and Port Adelaide [Para Vista, S. Aust.]: Ronald C. Ritter, 2005

Mudflats to metropolis: Port Adelaide 1836-1986 [Port Adelaide, S. Aust.: B. & T. Publishers, 1986]

Internet links :

Flinders Ports: Port Facilties: Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide

Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Editionsee: Kelly, Alexander Charles (1811 - 1877)

SA Memory, The Foundation of South Australia 1800-1851 Port Adelaide



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