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Gouger's hut and tent at Glenelg
Title : Gouger's hut and tent at Glenelg Gouger's hut and tent at Glenelg
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Creator : Skipper, John Michael, artist
Source : B 14150
Date of creation : 1837
Format : Artwork
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Gouger's hut and tent at Glenelg. After a sketch by J. M. Skipper.

Robert Gouger was the first Colonial Secretary in South Australia. The first officers of the Province were sworn in, the first Council was held, and the Government of the Province was proclaimed from this tent on December 28, 1836.

Gouger described Adelaide and South Australia, including the climate, in his letters Robert Gouger. South Australia in 1837: in a series of letters...

Born in Norwich, Skipper, John Michael (1815-1883) joined the East India Company as a young man and served on the Sherbourne (ship). Skipper was interested in art from an early age and was encouraged by his uncle James Stark, a noted landscape painter. During his time at sea Skipper kept a journal which he illustrated with sketches. In 1836 he immigrated to South Australia, arriving on the Africaine (ship) 6 November. On the voyage Skipper met Frances Thomas, whose father Robert was to establish South Australia's first newspaper, the South Australian gazette and colonial register. They married in December 1839.

In South Australia Skipper commenced his legal career and was articled to Charles Mann the Advocate-General and Crown Solicitor of South Australia and later worked with EC Gwynne. Skipper was admitted as an attorney and proctor of the South Australian Supreme Court in March 1840. He continued his artistic pursuits however, and sketched many scenes depicting the early years of European settlement in South Australia. Skipper's satirical watercolour of Pioneers landing at Port Adelaide in 1839 mocks the primitive conditions which new settlers found when they arrived in the colony. See also First execution in South Australia, in 1838, for shooting Sheriff Smart.

Related names :

Gouger, Robert, 1802-1846

Skipper, John Michael, 1815-1883

Thomas, Robert, 1782-1860

Thomas, Mary, 1787-1875

Coverage year : 1837
Period : 1836-1851
Place : Glenelg
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :
Gouger, R. The founding of South Australia: as recorded in the journals of Mr. Robert Gouger, first Colonial Secretary / edited by Edwin Hodder, London : Sampson Low, Marston, and Company, 1898

Gouger, R. Emigration for the relief of parishes practically considered London : Ridgway and Sons ; Effingham Wilson, 1833

Register Newspapers Ltd. The late J.M. Skipper: a pioneer coloniest of 1836 [Adelaide, 1883]

Skipper, John Michael Personal papers PRG 72

Skipper, SH. John Michael Skipper: biographical notes Adelaide: Pioneers' Association of South Australia, 1957

South Australian almanack and general directory for 1841 Adelaide : Robert Thomas & Co., 1841 [includes pen sketches by J.M. Skipper]

Internet links :

Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Search for Skipper, John Michael and for Gouger, Robert

SA Memory, Foundation Documents Skipper Almanacs

SA Memory, Foundation Documents First execution in South Australia, in 1838, for shooting Sheriff Smart

South Australian Museum John Michael Skipper Archival collection



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