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Klemzic, a village of German settlers
Title : Klemzic, a village of German settlers Klemzic, a village of German settlers
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Creator : Angas, George French, 1822-1886, artist
Source : B 15276/12
Date of creation : ca. 1846
Additional Creator : Giles, J.W.
Format : Artwork
Dimensions : 233 x 321 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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In 1847, Angas published the exquisite drawing folio South Australia illustrated, which included the above work 'Klemzic. A village of German settlers near Adelaide'. An extract from the text accompanying the illustrations reads:

About three miles from Adelaide is situated the picturesque village of Klemzic, on the banks of the Torrens: it is entirely populated by one of the various bodies of Prussian Emigrants ... their houses and cultivation are in the style of their own country ... Poultry, butter, vegetables, and fruit, are frequently brought into Adelaide for sale by the women, whose picturesque style of dress, and simplicity of manners, obtain for these peasants a considerable share of custom.

George Fife Angas' son, artist George French Angas painted some of the earliest views of South Australia. Arriving in Adelaide in January 1844, he rapidly set about an extensive series of journeys to the Murray Lakes, Barossa Valley, Fleurieu Peninsula and the South East, capturing his impressions of the young colony-its landscapes, its inhabitants and the flora and fauna.

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, which is very likely to have been copied from a former original by S.T. Gill. These three works are typical of the many water-colours of urban scenes which S.T. Gill produced in Adelaide in the 1840s. 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, nee French. He sailed for Australia in 1843 in the Augustus, reached Adelaide in January 1844, and 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.

Related names :

Angas, George French, 1822-1886

Angas, George Fife, 1789-1879

Coverage year : 1846
Period : 1836-1851
Place : South Australia
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :

Whitelock, Derek. Conquest to conservation: history of human impact on the South Australian environment, Cowandilla, S. Aust. : Wakefield Press, 1985

Kraehenbuehl, D. N. Pre-European vegetation of Adelaide: a survey from the Gawler River to Hallett Cove, Adelaide: Nature Conservation Society of South Australia Inc., 1996

Environments of South Australia, compiled by P. Laut ... [et al.] Canberra: Division of Land Use Research, C.S.I.R.O., 1977 Volume 3 Mt Lofty block

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

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

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

Internet links :

State Library of South Australia, General Information Fact Sheet: Germans in South Australia

South Australian German Association: see German history in South Australia: 1838-1914: German settlement in South Australia

SAMemory, The Foundation of South Australia 1800-1851: Places

Treasures of the State Library of South Australia: South Australia illustrated by George French Angas

Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Edition: Search for George French Angas

Pictures Catalogue National Library of Australia




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