State Library of South Australia has a new Online Portrait Collection of “Old Colonists”

If you are descended from one of the early settlers who arrived in Australia prior to 1841, you might be able to find his or her portrait in one of over 1,000 ‘Old Colonists’ were on display in the State Library. In 2017 they have returned as facsimiles (along with new indexes and online catalogue records) – funded by the Friends of the State Library. They are now available online.

William Rollings arrived in South Australia in March 1845 on board the ship the “Scotia”. Poundkeeper, Springfield.

“The Old Colonists Banquet Group” of men was commissioned by businessman Emanuel Solomon to commemorate a free banquet he held at the Adelaide Town Hall on 28th December 1871 for fellow colonists ‘who date their arrival before 1841’. The companion mosaic of women was created partly as a consolation to women who applied for tickets only to be told that the banquet was for ‘the Male Sex’!

A brief introduction is available at while the portraits are available at: and  at:



Hi Dick,
You may not be aware that South Australia was a free settlement, not a convict one. It was founded on some very enlightened principles. There were some occasions when Sth. Aust. transported criminals to New South Wales. Some freed and escaped convicts did make their way to SA from the convict colonies
“Charles Sturt’s expedition (1829-1830) from New South Wales traced the Murrumbidgee River to its junction with the River Murray, and then followed the Murray downstream to reach Encounter Bay in February 1830. By 1833, the South Australian Association was formed in England by Robert Gouger, in order to found a colony on the principles of Edward Gibbon Wakefield’s ‘system of colonization’. In the following year, the establishment of South Australia was made possible when the South Australian Colonization Act (UK) received Royal Assent. In contrast to other Australian colonies, South Australia was to be a planned colony without convicts, to be administered by Colonization Commissioners and the Colonial Office. In the same year, Captain John Hindmarsh was appointed the first Governor of South Australia, and the South Australian Company established, chaired by George Fife Angas.”

The above is an extract from:
All the best, Jim


Hi Dick, Some further material on the settlement of South Australia.
Regards, Jim


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