Thursday, November 1, 2012

Etchings of life on the Gawler Plains

Beautiful detailed etchings from the book "The history of South Australia" by William Harcus, 1876.  These scanned pages depict the Gawler Plains, and the property of John Riggs.
 
The book was published by authority of the Government of South Australia, with, like several similar books of this period, the hope that it would inform people "back home" in England of the prosperity of the colony and thus encourage them to migrate. 
 
For more information on William see his entry in the Australian Dictionary of Biography http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/harcus-william-3711
 



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