Stories of Colonial South Australia Author: Gwenneth Walton

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By: Gwen | March 11, 2015


Dr Matthew Moorehouse, South Australia's first full-time permanent Protector of Aborigines, deserves to be remembered for his role in the colony's history.

The young English doctor was appointed by the British government in 1839 in an attempt to avoid the disastrous effects of European settlement in earlier Australian colonies. By sifting through microfilm of Adelaide's four newspapers published during the years 1839-1841 I  discovered conflicting accounts of Dr Moorhouse's efforts to fulfil the impossible list of responsibilities he was given by Governor Gawler. But I did begin to see his efforts as heroic, and his critics as biased.

I was so impressed by Dr Moorhouse's dedication to his task, that I wanted to write about him. Gaps and ...

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By: Gwen | March 11, 2015

I am a great, great, grandchild of some of South Australia's first white settlers, and am fascinated by the history of our State. 

I grew up on my family's isolated farm in the South East of SA, where I had correspondence lessons and was often absorbed in solitary play.  Books became my dearest friends.  I attended a small country high school, then completed my education at Adelaide's then Methodist Ladies College.  A few years later I moved to Fleurieu Peninsula where I married Harold Skinner, and together we raised our four children on another farm near Victor Harbour.

When the family moved to Adelaide I returned to study, became a librarian and later went on to post graduate study at Adelaide University.  The original manuscript for The ...

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