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Port Augusta celebrates its centenary
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Source : The Corporation of the Town of Port Augusta in conjunction with the Centenary Committee celebrates the 100th anniversary of the selection of the site and the naming of the town after Lady Augusta Young, wife of the then Deputy Governor on the 24th May, 18
Place Of Creation : [Port Augusta, S.Aust.]
Publisher : The Corporation
Date of creation : [1952]
Additional Creator : Port Augusta (S. Aust.). Corporation
Format : Pamphlet
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Captain Dowsett's log indicates that on the 24 May 1852 Port Augusta was proclaimed after erecting a flagstaff on the beach and they all "gave three cheers three times three and named it Port Augusta" (Excerpt from Dowsett's log).

The port was named after Lady Augusta Young, the Governor's wife. It is speculated that Elder named the Port after her in the hope that it would lead the government to survey the port quickly.

This publication giving a history of Port Augusta was published in 1951 in to commorate Port Augusta's centenary year.

Related names :

Port Augusta (S. Aust)

Coverage year : 1952
Period : 1946-1979
Place : Port Augusta
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :

Anderson, R.J. Solid town: a history of Port Augusta. [Port Augusta, S. Aust.]: R.J. Anderson, 1988

Evans, E. L. The story of Port Augusta: historical booklet published in conjunction with Commonwealth Jubilee celebrations, 1951 [Port Augusta: Commonwealth Jubilee Celebrations Port Augusta Executive Committee, 1951]

Internet links :
Wadlata Outback Centre: History of Region. Port Augusta yesterday and today



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