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John Hill: The Man who Owned (and Lost) Most of Port Adelaide

Hear author Max Slee speak about his book John Hill: South Australia’s discoverer of rivers. A mysterious character and unrecognised explorer, Hill originally hoped to become the first livestock overlander from the eastern colonies. On his arrival in South Australia in 1837, he accompanied Colonel Light when discovering the Barossa Valley and was the first European to explore the Clare Valley. His land investments included almost the entire suburb of Port Adelaide, which he was forced to sell in 1843 during a financial crisis. Formerly a member of the Adelaide colonial establishment, he died a recluse and virtual pauper. Bookings essential.

Presented by Port Adelaide Enfield Public Library Service


Thu 20 May, 6.30-8pm


Port Adelaide Library, 2-4 Church St, Port Adelaide



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Meredith Blundell, 8405 6580,


Bookings Essential Wheelchair Access Full Toilet Facilities

Bookings essential
Event capacity: 30


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