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Second annual report of the colonization commissioners for South Australia to Her Majesty’s principal Secretary of State for the Colonies 1837.

[London], ordered by the House of Commons to be printed, 26 January 1838.

Folio, pp. 20, [2], with 3 folding plans; stain from label to title, some creasing and chips to edges of plans, marginal tears to last leaf; overall very good in recent boards, printed label to upper cover; occasional small stamps of Liverpool Public Library.

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Second annual report of the colonization commissioners for South Australia to Her Majesty’s principal Secretary of State for the Colonies 1837.

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A most interesting report on the early progress of British colonisation in South Australia, which had begun in 1836 with the settlement of Kangaroo Island. The report includes 3 handsome plans by Colonel William Light, the first surveyor-general of South Australia: a plan of the nascent city of Adelaide, showing the streets and squares either side of the river Torrens, the store house, school, barracks, hospital, market and cemetery; a survey of the coast on the east side of Gulf St Vincent; and plans of Nepean Bay and Rapid Bay.

The text reports that 936 settlers had so far reached the colony and describes the sale of land, the progress of surveys, and the supply of labour, ending with an account of the local geography and climate by Sir John Morphett. The commissioners express their ‘confident expectation that the Colony of South Australia will rapidly advance in wealth and population’. The appendices provide details of the ships sent to the colony (their passengers divided into ‘labouring class’ and ‘superior class’), financial statements, letters to Sir James Hurtle Fisher (the first resident commissioner of the colony), and the names of landowners in Adelaide.

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