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S.A. Northern Pioneers: R.B. James
Title : S.A. Northern Pioneers: R.B. James S.A. Northern Pioneers: R.B. James
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Creator : Mora Studio
Source : B 6912/H1
Date of creation : ca. 1870
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 50 x 33 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Portrait of R.B. James from Canowie from the S.A. Northern Pioneers' composite, 1850-1859 (shown in position on B 6912/3).

Richard Boucher James (1822-1908) was born in Jamaica and arrived in South Australia in 1839 on the Dumfries, along with two brothers, William Rhodes James and John Vidal James. He married in 1848 at Willunga to Mary Le Brun (nee Helmore). Following his purchase, with partners, of Canowie Station in 1856 they lived there until 1863, when the family returned to England. There they purchased a Georgian mansion, Hallsannery, near Bideford Devon, from where R.B. James continued his interest and management of the Canowie Pastoral Company until his death in 1908. (Information supplied by Max Slee). 

The photographic composite image (B 6912 ) of South Australian pastoral pioneers began as a display of 121 individual portraits, each attached to a board and labelled with the name and location of the pioneer in northern South Australia. The individual portraits are available to view on SA Memory, Foundation of South Australia 1800-1851, 'S.A. Northern Pioneers' along with updated information about the individual people. The composite was compiled in 1908 by Mora Studio, 83 Rundle St. Adelaide. All of the portraits are of a later date than the 1850s decade, but many are considerably earlier than 1908. However, the pioneers pictured were active in the late 1840s and early 1850s era.

The text which features a selection ofPastoral pioneers of South Australia began a publication of a long series of biographical sketches dealing with the lives of South Australia's Pastoral Pioneers and Old Colonists. The first hundred articles were published in 'Pastoral Pioneers of South Australia, Vol. 1' and the remainder was published in Vol. 2 with a total of 230 articles. Publication began 1 October 1923 and continued weekly until 10 August 1927.

Related names :
James, R.B.
Coverage year : 1850-1859 (1885)
Period : 1836-1851,1852-1883
Place : Canawie, Clare Valley
Region : Mid North
Further reading :

Cockburn, R Pastoral pioneers of South Australia 2 v. (207; 263 p.) Adelaide : Publishers Limited, 1925-1927 ("Reprinted from the Adelaide Stock and Station Journal.")

Robinson, J A century in focus : South Australian photography, 1840s-1940s Adelaide : Art Gallery of South Australia, 2007

Barrie, S 150th anniversary of professional photography in Australia, 12th December 1842 to 1992 : a historical retrospective [Morningside, Qld.] : S. Barrie, [1992]

Peake, A Sources for South Australian History Dulwich, S. Aust. : Tudor Australia Press, 1987

Davies, A The Mechanical eye in Australia: Photography 1841-1900 Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1985

Burrows, A. Kith and Kin: Sources for family history Libraries Board of South Australia, Adelaide: 1994

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

Migration Museum. From many places: the history and cultural traditions of South Australian people, Kent Town, S. Aust.: Migration Museum (History Trust of S.A.) in association with Wakefield Press, 1995

The Wakefield companion to South Australian history. Editor Wilfrid Prest. Kent Town, S. Aust. : Wakefield Press, 2001

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