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Independence keel (Rebuild Independence Group (RIG))

Building and Rebuilding: American River 1802–2021

Come to American River, where Matthew Flinders anchored in 1802, meeting French explorer Nicolas Baudin. Where American sealers built SA’s first maritime vessel in 1803 and gave this tiny fishing village its name. Hear sealers’ tales from the fishermen’s yarning seat. See reproduction sealing vessel Independence being built on the original site. Afterwards, wander, explore: lunch at the adjacent Deck Cafe, or the Oyster Farm Shop, or tour the Oyster Farm Shed. Then hie ye off to climb Prospect Hill as did Flinders in 1802: look over the island as he did, a spectacular 360-degree view. Bookings required by phone or email.

Presented by Rebuild Independence Group (RIG)


Sun 9 May, 11am-12pm


American River Wharf, Tangara Dr, American River


By donation


Anne A’Herran, 0421 176 418,


Family Friendly Bookings Essential Partial Wheelchair Access Toilets

Bookings required by phone or email
The surface of the outer part of the wharf may be uneven in places. There is safe wheelchair access to and from the RIG Boathouse, where the talk will be held, and to public toilets approx 50 metres away. However wheelchair movement within the Boathouse (for the tour, and to view the vessel up close) is space-restricted by the size of 'Independence'. Guides will, as far as possible, bring artefacts to the front for viewing.
Event capacity: 30


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