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South Australia illustrated Plate 52 The Goolwa, with part of Hindmarsh Island
Title : South Australia illustrated Plate 52 The Goolwa, with part of Hindmarsh Island South Australia illustrated Plate 52 The Goolwa, with part of Hindmarsh Island
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Creator : Angas, George French, 1822-1886
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : Thomas M'Lean
Date of creation : 1847
Additional Creator : York Gate Library ;
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Plate 52 from Angas' South Australia illustrated entitled 'The Goolwa with part of Hindmarsh Island. Mount Barker and Mount Magnificent in the distance (evening)'. Part of the text accompanying the illustration reads

The point chosen for the view given on the adjoining plate is from the back of the sand hills of Encounter Bay, looking over the dry lagoons and swampy salsolaceaous flats that border on the lake towards the expanse of the Goolwa. A portion of Hindmarsh Island is seen on the right; at the promontory beyond is a dense column of smoke, arising from the bush being on fire in that direction. The time of the scene is evening, and the remote mountain ranges look intensely blue at that hour. The two most distant peaks denote Mt. Barker, and the cupola-like summit on the left is Mt. Magnificent. In the foreground are bushes of wild juniper, and the 'Mesembryanthemum' and other plants overrun the soil.

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 of the South Australian Company and his wife Rosetta, née French. He sailed for Australia in 1843 in the Augustus, reached Adelaide in January 1844, and joined Grey on his expedition and his paintings, published several years later in South Australia illustrated and form a valuable record of the South Australian landscape before it was much changed by white settlement.

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 went 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. These journeys Angas recorded in water-colour drawings which were shown in Adelaide in June 1845 in the Legislative Council chamber.

Coverage year : 1847
Period : 1836-1851
Region : Riverland and Murraylands
Further reading :

Davis, Peter S Man and the Murray Kensington, N.S.W.: New South Wales University Press, 1978

Eyre, Edward John, Journals of expeditions of discovery into Central Australia ..., Adelaide: Libraries Board of South Australia, 1964

Langley, Michael, Sturt of the Murray: father of Australian exploration London, Hale, 1969

The Murray edited by Norman Mackay and David Eastburn Canberra: Murray-Darling Basin Commission, 1990

Sturt, Charles, Two expeditions into the interior of southern Australia, during the years 1828, 1829, 1830, and 1831: with observations on the soil, climate, and general resources of the Colony of New South Wales Adelaide: Public Library of South Australia, 1963

Tregenza, John. George French Angas, artist, traveller and naturalist, 1822-1886. Adelaide: Art Gallery Board of South Australia, 1980

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