Early History of South Australia: A Romantic Experiment in Colonization

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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (434 pages)
Author: J. Blacket
Year: (1907) 2009
ISBN: 9781742226422
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia

Written in 1907, Rev. John Blacket compiled this book in response to demand for a book devoted to the founding of South Australia. Using material preserved in the Public Library of South Australia – the South Australian "Register", the London "Times", letters, diaries and speeches buried in small and large tomes he has given us a history covering 1836-1857 revealing "the grit, the energy, the perseverance, and determination" of the early settlers.

In twenty-one chapters he reviews the experiences of the colony from its earliest days in 1836: 

  • First Glimpses of the Land,
  • Drawing the Plans,
  • Discussions in Parliament and Press,
  • Preparing to Build,
  • Laying the Foundations,
  • The Builders’ Social Life and Material Surroundings,
  • The First Overland Trip,
  • Political and Financial Reverses,
  • Social Reverses and Successes,
  • Consolidation and Extension,
  • Struggles for Political Freedom,
  • Struggles for Religious Freedom,
  • Political and Religious Emancipation,
  • Some Useful Legislation,
  • Responsible Government,
  • Exploration,
  • Sketches of Pioneer Explorers (Matthew Flinders, Charles Sturt, Edward John Eyre, and John Ainsworth Horrocks),
  • The Rise of Religious Organisations,
  • Some Pioneer Builders (brief biographies of Sir James Hurtle Fisher, Captain Lipson, John Brown, Thomas Gilbert, Charles Mann, Osmond Gilles, Sir George Strickland Kingston, George Stevenson, Alfred Mundy, William Smillie, Jacob Hagen, Captain Dashwood, Major Thomas Shuldam O’Halloran, Sir John Morphett, Captain Charles Bagot, Sir Samuel Davenport, Hon Boyle Travers Finniss, Francis Stacker Dutton, Robert Davenport, Anthony Forster, Captain George Hall, Sir Arthur Freeling, Alexander Elder, Sir Robert Torrens, William Giles, Charles Simeon Hare, Sir Richard Davies Hanson, Edward Castres Gwynne, Captain John Hart, Edward Stirling, William Younghusband, John Bentham Neales and many more),
  • Other Pioneer Builders (including Henry Jickling, Sir Charles Cooper, Admiral Pullen, Dr Wyatt and others),
  • Past and Present

This CD contains high quality scanned images of the original book, and has been bookmarked for easy navigation. Pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.

Any computer using Adobe (Acrobat) Reader 4 or later
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