Many extra ordinary things have happened
before the colony of South Australia was proclaimed on 19 February 1836.
This section will try to highlight some of them.
Pieter Nuyts and Francois Thijssen sailed east as far as present day Smoky Bay.
4 January, Dampier lands at King Sound, New Holland (WA).
John Byron completed first circumnavigation of the world.
Tahiti discovered by the British on 19 June.
Matthew Flinders born in Lincolnshire.
Banks elected President of the Royal Society.
Colonel William Light born.
Aboriginal population in South Australia estimated at 15,000.
Smallpox epidemic killed numerous South Australian Aborigines.
Robert Torrens born in Ireland.
George Fife Angas born in Newcastle.
Several convicts, including Mary Bryant escaped in March
Pandora wrecked on the Great Barrier Reef in August.
Bruni D'Entrecasteaux sailed along part of the coast discovered by Nuyts and Thijssen.
Edward Gibbon Wakefield born in London on 20 March.
August Kavel, Lutheran Pastor, born.
James Grant sailed along the south east coast of South Australia and named
Mount Gambier and Mount Schanck.
Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin charted the unexplored coast of South Australia.
First recorded European occupancy of Kangaroo Island.
Louis Claude de Saulces de Freycinet mapped Upper Spencer Gulf.
Walter Hughes, (Sir) pastoralist and mine owner, born.
First map of part of South Australia's coast published in France.
John Ridley born.
English Parliament abolished the slave trade.
Richard Moritz Schomburgh born.
Robert Richard Chute Torrens born.
Buffalo built in Calcutta, named the Hindoostan.
(Sir) Henry Ayers born.
Mary Lee born.
James Martin, Manufacturer, born.
George French Angas born.
Robert Barr-Smith born.
William Richard Randell, pioneer of the Murray Paddle Steamers, born.
Charles Todd born in London on 7 July.
Wakefield sentenced to three years imprisonment.
John Riddoch, founder of Coonawarra born.
William Morgan born on 12 September.
First part of 'A Letter from Sydney' published by Edward Gibbon Wakefield.
Charles Sturt reached the Murray Mouth.
National Colonization Society formed in England.
Collett Barker saw inlet of the Port River.
Captain John Hart visited Kangaroo Island.
Father Julian Edmund Tenison Woods, priest and scientist, born.
Charles Sturt's Two Expeditions into the Interior of Southern Australia published.
Adam Lindsay Gordon, MP, poet and steeplerchaser, born.
Peter Waite born on 9 May.
The South Australian Colonisation Act passed.
Captain John Jones, whaler and sealer, discovered Port Adelaide.
South Australian Company established. Colonisation Commission founded in May.
Letters Patent issued on 19 February proclaiming South Australia.
First immigrants arrived at Kangaroo Island on 27 July.
Invasion of Kaurna tribal land had started.
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