State Library of South Australia logo Foundation Documents 1800-1851
SA Memory. South Australia past and present, for the future

S.A. Northern Pioneers: W. Jacob
Title : S.A. Northern Pioneers: W. Jacob S.A. Northern Pioneers: W. Jacob
Add To My SA Memory
Creator : Mora Studio
Source : B 6912/H8
Date of creation : ca. 1870
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 50 x 33 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
Catalogue record
The State Library of South Australia is keen to find out more about SA Memory items. We encourage you to contact the Library if you have additional information about any of these items.
Copyright : Reproduction rights are owned by State Library of South Australia. This image may be printed or saved for research or study. Use for any other purpose requires permission from the State Library of South Australia. To request approval, complete the Permission to publish form.
Description :

Portrait of W. Jacob from Paralana from the S.A. Northern Pioneers' composite, 1850-1859 (shown in position on B 6912/4).

William Jacob was born 27 March 1815, in Hampshire, England.  He arrived in South Australia on the Rapid (ship) in 1836 as one of Colonel William Light's surveyors. He married Mary Elizabeth nee Bagot 31 August 1842 at Koonunga, South Australia.

His younger brother John came to South Australia in 1838 on the William (ship).  Sometime after he joined with his brother William at Moorooroo in the Barossa. William also established a vineyard at Moorooroo. After being involved in other pastoral runs in the mid north the brothers settled at Paralana in the Gammon Ranges. Paralana is recorded as comprising 582 square miles of country: at its most profitable period it was stocked with 7000 cattle. This great herd was nearly entirely wiped out in the drought of the 1860s. 

The Jacob brothers have given their name to one of the great wine regions of Australia: Jacobs Creek. Jacob's Creek was named by William Light, after his surveying assistant, William Jacob who subsequently settled on the banks of the Creek with his brother John at Moorooroo.

William Jacob died at Moorooroo 14 July 1902, age 88.

Period : 1836-1851,1852-1883
Place : Adelaide, Gawler, Jacob's Creek, Paralana
Region : Barossa,Mid North,Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :

Cockburn, R Pastoral pioneers of South Australia Adelaide: Publishers Limited, 1925-1927 ("Reprinted from the Adelaide Stock and Station Journal.") vol. 1 pp. 138-39

Jacob family PRG 558

An interesting pioneer Adelaide observer, 31 May 1902, p. 25

Internet links :

Jacobs Creek (place)

John and William Jacob B 7025



About SA Memory

Explore SA Memory

SA Memory Themes


My SA Memory


What's on