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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