George French Angas 1848 by Charles Baugniet, NLA PIC/18821/1.

In the Barossa & Beyond: George French Angas, Artist & Naturalist

Were it not for his father’s role in establishing South Australia, there would be no South Australia illustrated by George French Angas, and no images of the colony’s early German settlements.

Angas’s Barossa Valley images provide a particular insight into his project, founded on his father’s intentions to promote the colony to prospective immigrants and investors.  Angas balanced those obligations with his enthusiasm for fine watercolour images, natural history collecting, and the ideals of a romantic traveller, steeped in dissent.

This illustrated talk, presented by Dr Philip Jones of the South Australian Museum, will shine a light on this precocious young artist and naturalist, whose legacy still informs our understanding of colonial South Australia.

Presented by Friends of Lutheran Archives