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Chronology

Many extra ordinary things have happened
since the colony of South Australia was proclaimed on 19 February 1836.
This section will try to highlight some of them.

1627
Pieter Nuyts and Francois Thijssen sailed east as far as present day Smoky Bay.
1774
Matthew Flinders born in Lincolnshire.
1786
Colonel William Light born.
1788
Aboriginal population in South Australia estimated at 15,000.
1789
Smallpox epidemic killed numerous South Australian Aborigines.
Robert Torrens born in Ireland.
George Fife Angas born in Newcastle.
1792
Bruni D'Entrecasteaux sailed along part of the coast discovered by Nuyts and Thijssen.
1796
Edward Gibbon Wakefield born in London on 20 March.
1798
August Kavel, Lutheran Pastor, born.
1800
James Grant sailed along the south east coast of South Australia and named
Mount Gambier and Mount Schanck.
1802
Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin charted the unexplored coast of South Australia.
1803
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.
1804
First map of part of South Australia's coast published in France.

1806
John Ridley born.
1807
English Parliament abolished the slave trade.
1811
Richard Moritz Schomburgh born.
1812
Robert Richard Chute Torrens born.
1813
Buffalo built in Calcutta, named the Hindoostan.
1821
(Sir) Henry Ayers born.
Mary Lee born.
James Martin, Manufacturer, born.
1822
George French Angas born.
1824
Robert Barr-Smith born.
William Richard Randell, pioneer of the Murray Paddle Steamers, born.
1826
Charles Todd born in London on 7 July.
1827
Wakefield sentenced to three years imprisonment.
John Riddoch, founder of Coonawarra born.
1829
William Morgan born on 12 September.
First part of 'A Letter from Sydney' published by Edward Gibbon Wakefield.
1830
Charles Sturt reached the Murray Mouth.
National Colonization Society formed in England.
1831
Collett Barker saw inlet of the Port River.
Captain John Hart visited Kangaroo Island.
1832
Father Julian Edmund Tenison Woods, priest and scientist, born.
1833
Charles Sturt's Two Expeditions into the Interior of Southern Australia published.
Adam Lindsay Gordon, MP, poet and steeplerchaser, born.
1834
Peter Waite born on 9 May.
The South Australian Colonisation Act passed.
Captain John Jones, whaler and sealer, discovered Port Adelaide.
1835
South Australian Company established. Colonisation Commission founded in May.
1836
Letters Patent issued on 19 February proclaiming South Australia.
First immigrants arrived at Kangaroo Island on 27 July.
1836
Invasion of Kaurna tribal land had started.

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