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[Plan of townships of Currency Creek and Goolwa] [cartographic material]
Title : [Plan of townships of Currency Creek and Goolwa] [cartographic material] [Plan of townships of Currency Creek and Goolwa] [cartographic material]
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Creator : Chauncy, Philip Lamothe Snell,, 1816-1880
Source : Plan of townships of Currency Creek and Goolwa [cartographic material], C 293
Place Of Creation : [S.l.
Publisher : s.n.
Date of creation : 1841?]
Additional Creator : SA Memory. Foundations of South Australia 1800-1851. Places
Format : Map
Dimensions : 550 x 750 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Map showing town plans for Currency Creek and Goolwa, South Australia. Details include lot numbers and street names, position of town squares and public cemetery. No relief shown.

Certified to be a true copy. B.T. Finniss. Depy. Surveyor General. 4th Jany. 1841. Inscribed with "Standidge & Co., Litho. London" on lower right corner of map.

Goolwa is an historic river port on the River Murray near the Murray Mouth in South Australia. It is joined by a bridge to Hindmarsh Island. The name "Goolwa" means "elbow" in Ngarrindjeri, the local Aboriginal language.

Before 1838, the Encounter Bay region and Goolwa were considered briefly as a possible site for the capital of South Australia. However the dangerous waters of the Murray Mouth for shipping made it unsuitable as a major port. Goolwa was Australia's first inland port (1857). Australia's first railway was built to connect Goolwa to Port Elliot and later extended to Victor Harbor, allowing goods to move from river boats to sea boats, so that neither had to negotiate the Murray Mouth. The spread of railways to inland Australia put an end to the river trade and Goolwa's importance as a port. In the 1970s the paddle boat Murray River Queen was built in a dry dock on Hindmarsh Island. For many years the Murray River Queen was based at Goolwa and made week-long trips up the river. It is now based at Waikerie as a floating hotel, making afternoon and dinner cruises in the Riverland.

Related names :

Chauncy, Philip Lamothe Snell, 1816-1880

Currency Creek (S. Aust)

Goolwa (S. Aust)

Coverage year : 1841
Period : 1836-1851
Place : Goolwa, South Australia
Region : Riverland and Murraylands
Further reading :

Dutton, Geoffrey Founder of a city: the life of Colonel William Light, first Surveyor-General of the colony of South Australia: founder of Adelaide, 1786-1839 Melbourne: Cheshire, 1960

Johnson, Donald Leslie The Adelaide city plan: fiction and fact Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 1986

Langmead, Donald Accidental architect Darlinghurst, N.S.W.: Crossing Press, 1994

Marsden, S., Stark, P., Sumerling, P Heritage of the city of Adelaide: an illustrated guide Adelaide: Corporation of the City of Adelaide, 1990

Jenkin, Graham,Conquest of the Ngarrindjeri, Point McLeay, Raukkan Publishers, 1995, 2nd ed

The native tribes of South Australia, with an introductory chapter by J.D. Woods, 1997, first published 1879

The Ngarrindjeri people: Aboriginal people of the River Murray, Lakes and Coorong, 1990, Education Department of South Australia (an Aboriginal studies course for secondary students in years 8-10)

Internet links :

Goolwa, South Australia Wikipedia

Ngarrindjeri Wikipedia

The Coorong National Park Wikipedia

State Library of South Australia factsheets online The Ngarrindjeri people

State Library of South Australia, General Information Factsheets Online, Mapping sources for SA history



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