Aldine History of South Australia
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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (1089 pages)
Author: W. Morrison
Year: (1890) 2007
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia
Following on from the success of both the Aldine History of Queensland and the Aldine History of New South Wales, South Australia was next for W. Frederic Morrison. Published in 1890 in two volumes which total over 1000 pages, these rare volumes contain a comprehensive and well illustrated record of South Australia at the time.
The first volume is divided into thirty-two chapters and covers topics including the early explorers, geography, aborigines, flora and fauna, education, religion, recreation, as well as primary and secondary resources, governors of South Australia and the Constitution. Volume two has one more chapter which concludes the history section. This is then followed by about 400 pages of biographies of early South Australians.
These include biographies of many in Adelaide as well as 71 country regions around the state. There are 143 illustrations, many in colour of people and scenes around South Australia. The biographies often include information such as name, year born, place born, when they emigrated, and usually their working life, and other interesting tidbits.
This valuable resource of South Australian history and biographies is a must for all with an interest in the early history of this colony and the families represented.
High quality scanned images of the whole of the original books. This CD has been bookmarked for easy navigation, and pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.
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I found this book covered much of the early history of New South Wales and the problems the various governors had, a little like an extended newspaper report of the times.
In relation to South Australia it covered many of the early settlers who became established by 1890 in various towns and areas of SA. Many gave the date of their arrival in SA but not by which vessel. Most gave information about the county or place they emigrated from. The fact they were married is also mentioned but not necessarily to whom although the size of their families is frequently mentioned.
As these people were either early colonists or children of early colonists It is a very helpful for family historians. The early history of New South Wales often mentions situations that are not so well known or mentioned in standard Australian History Books and would be of interest to any one who is interested in Australian early history.