Willunga History News

1840 Government Reserve
A very early sketch of Willunga has recently been discovered among a collection of documents at Flinders University. The accompanying notes suggest that it originates from the Mitchell Library in New South Wales. Efforts are being made to trace the original document.

The small A4-size sketch is titled ‘Willunga – 28 miles south of… “ [Adelaide, presumably] and it is dated as ‘probably 1840’. Three buildings are identified – the Police Station on the left, Survey Store (centre) and Post Office (right).

The sketch is incomplete, missing a portion of the right margin. Does it come from a larger picture? What is its source? Who was the artist?

A surveyor’s notebook is one possible source of this interesting sketch.
• John McLaren had been sent in 1837 to survey the southern districts.
• In 1839 James Hawker was employed to clear the line of road from Old Noarlunga to the…

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