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Plan of proposed new dock, Port Adelaide [South Australia Company map]
Title : Plan of proposed new dock, Port Adelaide [South Australia Company map] Plan of proposed new dock, Port Adelaide [South Australia Company map]
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Source : BRG 42/119/13
Date of creation : ca.1854
Format : Map
Dimensions : 455 x 500 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Plan of proposed new dock at Port Adelaide, near Todd and St Vincent Streets. The original course of a creek is shown passing through the dock site, with a bridge drawn at the north-west end, and surrounding allotments shown. A section showing levels of the proposed wharf is drawn in ink at bottom right hand corner, with present level of swamp and low water mark indicated.

No scale shown but dimensions of the dock are given. Ink with blue watercolour wash on paper, ink notation. Signed by William Giles, Manager of South Australian Company. In pencil at bottom left is written 'Railway Station' over initials 'E.R.S.' and 'Received August 1854' .

The records of the South Australian Company deposited with the State Library of South Australia, Archival collections (BRG 42 or Business Record Group 42) provide historians and researchers with a useful perspective of the early development of an Australian colonial economy. Besides making a significant contribution to the founding and fashioning of the new settlement of South Australia, the South Australian Company continued to play and important part in the commercial affairs of Adelaide and its surrounding regions for more than a century.

The volume of material contained in the record group is quite substantial, comprising some fifty major series of records which occupy close to nineteen metres of repository shelving. Most of the papers were deposited in the Archival collections in 1937-1938 and came from both the London and Adelaide offices of the company. The collection contains some 150 maps of company lands in South Australia.

Coverage year : 1854
Period : 1836-1851,1852-1883
Place : Port Adelaide
Further reading :

Mudflats to metropolis: Port Adelaide 1836-1986 [Port Adelaide, S. Aust.: B. & T. Publishers, 1986]

Parsons, Ronald. Port Misery and the new port: the early Port Adelaide Magill, S. Aust.: R.H. Parsons, c1977

Pike, Douglas. Paradise of dissent: South Australia 1829-1857. 2nd ed. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1967. pp.196-220, ch. 9: 'The South Australian Company'

Sutherland, George The South Australian Company; a study in colonization London; New York: Longmans, Green, 1898

Internet links :

Port Adelaide Wikipedia

SA Memory, Foundation of South Australia 1800-1851 South Australian Company

State Library of South Australia Library Guide: South Australian history: Mapping sources for SA history

State Library of South Australia Library Guide: South Australian history: South Australian Company



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