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From the Barossa, looking over part of Angas Park; and North-west bend of the Gawler
Title : From the Barossa, looking over part of Angas Park; and North-west bend of the Gawler From the Barossa, looking over part of Angas Park; and North-west bend of the Gawler
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Creator : Angas, George French, 1822-1886, artist
Source : B 15276/58
Date of creation : ca. 1846
Additional Creator : Giles, J.W.
Format : Artwork
Dimensions : 161 x 240 mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Plate 58: From the Barossa, looking over part of Angas Park; the Gawler plains in the distance (top); and North-west bend of the Gawler (bottom). Part of the text accompanying the illustration for the top sketch reads 'The extensive prospect from the hills of the Barossa Range is terminated to the Southward and Westward by the Gawler plains, forming a blue and level line like that of the sea, along the horizon. The summits of the many hills are rocky, and the entire formation abounds in an almost endless variety of minerals. The two trees in the centre of the foreground are species 'Casuarinae' that to the right is a gum wattle, with young plants springing near it; and the bushy shrub in the left hand corner is the 'Exocarpus' or native cherry. A grove of silver wattles occupy the valley immediately beyond'. The bottom sketch is described (in part) as 'The bold undulating hills, descending in many places abruptly to the river, and the fine open pastures, are characteristic of this part of the country ... The trees bordering upon the river are all the gum or 'Eucalyptus'.

This is one of 60 coloured lithographs found in the 1847 edition of 'South Australia Illustrated' by colonial artist George French Angas, together with a descriptive passage for each. The lithograph was created by J.W. Giles from Angas' original painting. The date assigned is assumed to be approximately when the lithographs were created; the original paintings were done in earlier years.

George French Angas (1822-1886), naturalist and painter, was born on 25 April 1822 at Newcastle upon Tyne, England, fourth child and eldest son of George Fife Angas and his wife Rosetta, née French. George French Angas sailed for Australia in 1843 in the Augustus, arriving in Adelaide in January 1844.

Angas remained in South Australia until July when he left for New Zealand. He returned to South Australia in January 1845 and remained for six months. During these visits to South Australia, Angas travelled with William Giles to the area in the vicinity of the mouth of the River Murray, and with Governor (Sir) George Grey to the south-east of the province, Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln. Angas recorded these journeys in watercolour drawings which were shown in Adelaide in June 1845 in the Legislative Council chamber.

Related names :

Angas, George French, 1822-1886

Coverage year : 1846
Period : 1836-1851
Place : Angas Park
Region : Barossa
Further reading :

Colwell, M and Alan Naylor. Adelaide: an illustrated history, [Joslin, S. Aust.]: McP, 1981

Insights into South Australian history, volume 2: 'South Australia's German history and heritage', Harmstorf, Ian A. ed. Adelaide: Historical Society of South Australia, 1992-

Kwan, Elizabeth Living in South Australia: a social history, Netley, S. Aust.: South Australian Government Printer, 1987

Tregenza, John George French Angas, artist, traveller and naturalist, 1822-1886 Adelaide: Art Gallery Board of South Australia, 1982

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