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Sketch of South Australian Company's run west of Mount Gambier [South Australia Company map]
Title : Sketch of South Australian Company's run west of Mount Gambier [South Australia Company map] Sketch of South Australian Company's run west of Mount Gambier [South Australia Company map]
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Source : BRG 42/119/2
Date of creation : ca.1850
Format : Map
Dimensions : 340 x 425 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Sketch of the South Australian Company's run west of Mount Gambier to Lake Bonney. The location of home station, huts and other features (21 in all) and their distance from Mount Gambier shown by numbers relating to key at top right hand corner of map. Suitability of different areas for sheep and cattle noted. Mount Shank[sic] and Bald Hill also shown. Names of adjoining landowners recorded, from Mount Gambier in clockwise direction: Sturt (now Mitchell's), Leake, D. Black, Messrs Mitchell & Johnson, Devenport (a misspelling of Davenport), Leake and Sturt. Ink on paper, ink notation. Signed by Alfred Swaine, Superintendent, at bottom right hand corner. No scale given but boundary lines of run shown in miles. Stamped 21.1.[18]51.

The South Australian Company maps (BRG 42/119) are part of the company's business records collection. The South Australian Company records consist of items from the London and South Australian offices. These include minutes, correspondence, the original 1836 Deed of Settlement, reports, legal documents, financial records, maps, plans, photographs and newspaper cuttings. The maps are of particular interest as they give an insight into and detailed description of South Australian land in the pre-settlement era. It is interesting to see how the names of places have in some cases, changed over time. Many references to bodies of water, including rivers and coastlines, now appear differently on modern maps.

Many of the maps refer to 'Hundreds'. A Hundred signifies an area of approximately 259 square kilometres. Once land was surveyed into a Hundred it was declared by the Governor and ready for sale. The survey was restrictive and did not always include prime land.

Related names :

Mount Gambier Region (S. Aust.)

Coverage year : 1850
Period : 1836-1851
Place : Mount Gambier
Region : South East
Further reading :

Australian dictionary of biography Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press; London; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1966-. Vol. 1, pp.15-18: George Fife Angas; vol. 1, pp. 443-444: William Giles; vol. 2, pp. 176-177: David McLaren; vol. 2, p. 481: Samuel Stephens.

Capper, Henry South Australia: containing hints to emigrants, proceedings of the South Australian Company, a variety of useful and authentic information, a map of the eastern coast of Gulf St. Vincent, and a plan of Adelaide. 2nd ed., considerably augmented. London: Robert Tyas, 1838.

Perkins, Arthur James South Australia; an agricultural and pastoral state in the making: first decade, 1836-46. Adelaide: Govt. Pr., 1939.

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.'

Price, Archibald Grenfell Founders & pioneers of South Australia: life studies of Edward Gibbon Wakefield, Charles Sturt, George Fife Angas, Sir John Hindmarsh, William Light, George Gawler, David McLaren, Augustus Kavel, and Francis Cadell; with illustrations & maps. Adelaide: Preece, 1929

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

South Australian Company records 1835-1949, BRG 42

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

The Wakefield companion to South Australian history editor: Wilfrid Prest, Adelaide, Wakefield Press, 2001

Internet links :

SA Memory, Foundation of South Australia 1800-1851 George Fife Angas

SA Memory, South Australian Company: Collection description

SA Memory, South Australian Company: History

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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