South Australian Association

The South Australian Association was founded in December 1833 to promote the concepts of systematic colonisation first proposed by Edward Gibbon Wakefield and to persuade the British Government to establish a new colony in southern Australia. From the Association’s rooms in the Adelphi near Charing Cross energetic members like Robert Gouger, Robert Torrens and George Fife Angas worked assiduously, organising public meetings, distributing pamphlets and lobbying members of parliament.

The original draft of the South Australia Act was produced by its members, including Wakefield. On the passage of the Act in 1834 and the creation of the South Australian Colonization Commission various Association members became commissioners, including Torrens (who chaired the Board) and Angas. Gouger became the first colonial secretary. The Association continued into the 1840s as a meeting place for those associated with South Australia, before it was disbanded.

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