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Briefly about the Gulf St Vincent:

Gulf St Vincent is the eastern of the two gulfs that punctuate the South Australian coast line. Its entrance is opposite Nepean Bay and Penneshaw, both of which are on Kangaroo Island, and it extends as far north as Port Wakefield. Matthew Flinders named the gulf on 30 March 1802 after John Jervis, the first [...]

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Week 43 – settling on Holdfast Bay

Scene: Holdfast Bay

In South Australia Colonel Light is preparing to leave Port Lincoln to return to Gulf St Vincent after satisfying himself that southern Eyre Peninsula is no place for the initial settlement. Once again he battles unsettled weather and strong contrary winds. Luckily he decides to anchor overnight just off Thistle Island, because the morning reveals [...]

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Week 29 – Impressions of the mainland

On land Sunday 4 September finds Samuel Stephens deeply depressed. ‘I cannot and will not endure this state of things it shall be mended by some means or other’, he confides to his diary. He and Captain Martin put their heads together and the experienced captain devises a plan to try to get everyone working [...]

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Week 42 – the scourge of scurvy

In South Australia By 4 December Colonel Light has managed to sail to Port Lincoln.  His next challenge is to manoeuvre into the harbour, which he finally manages after a ‘great deal of trouble’. There he meets up with the Cygnet and with Captain Lipson, who has been waiting on the arrival of Governor Hindmarsh.  Light [...]

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