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S.A. Northern Pioneers: L. Muller
Title : S.A. Northern Pioneers: L. Muller S.A. Northern Pioneers: L. Muller
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Source : B 6912/B5
Date of creation : ca. 1870
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 50 x 33 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Portrait of L. Muller from Stuart's Creek from the S.A. Northern Pioneers' composite, 1850-1859 (shown in position on B 6912/1).

Louis Muller (or Mueller) was born in 1835 in Osnabruck, Germany.

After arriving in South Australia he became a bullock driver, explorer, publican and station manager and lived in the far north, Tanunda and Stepney.

The Stuart Creek run (SW of Lake Eyre South) was stocked by Alfred Barker in Winter/Spring 1859, but he does not appear to have held the property long. Stuart Creek had been discovered by John Mcdouall Stuart in May 1858; he named it Chambers Creek after his sponsor James Chambers, but it was subsequently named for Stuart. He was later awarded a claim along the creek as a reward for his efforts in opening up the northern parts of the colony of South Australia. By the end of his sixth expedition in 1862 Stuart was suffering ill health and transferred his claim to Alfred Barker and John Chambers.

Barker suffered heavy stock losses during the drought of the late 1860s. In 1870 Stuart Creek Station was in the hands of John Howard Angas and in 1918 was sold to the Kidman family which held it for the next 80 years. It became attached to the Anna Creek Station as an out station, until being partitioned in 1998 with the larger portion being sold to WMC Resources ltd, and the smaller 1000 square kilometre northern portion becoming part of the Anna Creek lease.

Anna Creek Station is the largest working cattle station in the world.

Period : 1836-1851,1852-1883
Place : Stuart's Creek
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :

Cockburn, R Pastoral pioneers of South Australia Blackwood, S.A. : Lynton Publications, [1974] [Facsimile ed.] / indexed by A. Dorothy Aldersey Check index in vol. 1 for scattered references to Stuart's Creek Station

Gee, Philip A history of pastoralism in the Lake Eyre South drainage basin Adelaide: Royal Geographical Society of South Australia, 2000

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