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Map of sections at Jupiter Creek
Title : Map of sections at Jupiter Creek Map of sections at Jupiter Creek
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Source : BRG 42/119/22
Date of creation : 1852
Format : Map
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Map of sections 3498, 3499 and 3500 at Jupiter Creek, the property of the South Australian Company in the Onkaparinga Special Survey area. The course of the Onkaparinga River is shown, with the road from Adelaide crossing it at 'Warlands'.

At another road intersection is written 'Present Diggings 19 miles from Adelaide'. Areas of 'Stringy Bark and Quartz' indicated. Ink and watercolour on paper, ink notation. No scale given. Stamped with date 12.1.[18]53; handwritten signature 'A.W. Adelaide 2 Oct.r/52' at bottom right hand corner. (Original mounted on same sheet as maps 23 & 24)

Settlement took place in the area around Echunga from 1839, with the town being laid out in 1849. In 1852 gold was discovered; Echunga became the first proclaimed goldfield in South Australia. The following gold rush lasted less than a year before the diggings were abandoned. Later discoveries in 1853 and 1854 led to equally short-lived rushes. In 1868 gold was discovered at nearby Jupiter Creek. This proved to be a much larger and long-lived field.

The South Australian Company was formed in London on 9 October 1835 by George Fife Angas, an influential merchant and philanthropist and a member of the Board of Commissioners responsible for establishing the new colony of South Australia. The Company formed for the immediate purpose of encouraging the preliminary purchase of land based on the South Australian Act.

Related names :

Angas, George Fife (1789 - 1879)

Coverage year : 1852
Period : 1852-1883
Place : Jupiter Creek, Onkaparinga Region
Region : Mt Lofty Ranges and Eastern Plain
Further reading :

South Australian Company Prospectus of the South Australian Company London: The Company, 1835

Gold at Jupiter Creek: a guide to the historic gold diggings / Department of Mines and Energy [Adelaide?]: S.A. Department of Mines and Energy, [1984?]

Hocking, Geoff Gold: a pictorial history of the Australian gold rush Rowville, Vic: Five Mile Press, 2006, c2000

Hodder, Edwin George Fife Angas, father and founder of South Australia, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1891

Linn, Rob 'Angas, George Fife', Australian dictionary of evangelical biography, Sydney: Evangelical History Association, 1994

Internet links :

Adelaide Hillssee: History and Heritage, Jupiter Creek gold diggings

Echunga Wikipedia

SA Memory, SA People George Fife Angas



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