HMS Buffalo


The HMS Buffalo was built as the Hindostan in Calcutta in 1813. She was subsequently purchased by the Royal Navy as a storeship and renamed HMS Buffalo. Prior to the event for which she is remembered in Glenelg, the Buffalo, after service in the Napoleonic Wars had made a number of trips to Australia and New Zealand as a freighter, quarantine ship and perhaps most notably as a convict ship (to Australia) in the early 1830s. Continue reading “HMS Buffalo”


Sea Captains Anchor Memorial

The European history of South Australia owes much to mariners who transported people and property there over the years, right through from the first settlers in the 1830s. One often hears about Australia’s convict history and how many of European extraction have convict roots. Unlike New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania in particular, South Australia was not a convict colony. Continue reading “Sea Captains Anchor Memorial”

Take the Tram to Glenelg


This review is an introduction to Glenelg on which I have written a series of seperate reviews under the Glenelg category. Obviously, I recommend you look at and visit Glenelg should you find yourself in Adelaide.

Glenelg is Adelaide’s premier, at least in terms of visitor numbers, seaside resort on the shore of Holdfast Bay/ Gulf St Vincent about 10 kms from Adelaide City centre. It is named after Lord Glenelg, then Britain’s Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. Continue reading “Take the Tram to Glenelg”


Government House – Adelaide


This rather grand property behind a high stone wall on North Terrace is home to the Governor of South Australia – Queen Elizabeth II’s representative in South Australia. The Governor is appointed by the Queen on the advice on the State’s Premier and while, in recent times, Governors have typically served for around five years the appointment is “at the Queen’s pleasure.” The Governor is not to be confused with the Queen’s other ‘guests’ – prisoners – who may also serve time “at Her Majesty’s, or the Queen’s, pleasure”. Continue reading “Government House – Adelaide”


War Memorial – Colonial Conflicts Gallery


Being a lover of older style museums with packed wooden and glass display cabinets, carpets on the floor, low lights and the like, I am particularly attracted to the Colonial Conflicts Gallery of the Australian War Memorial. Continue reading “War Memorial – Colonial Conflicts Gallery”


Vestiges of the First Fleet


Being vestiges of the ‘First Fleet’ this anchor and small cannon, in Macquarie Place, hold an important place in the history of European Australia. Continue reading “Vestiges of the First Fleet”


Australia Proclaimed For Britain


On 26 January 1788 the First Fleet, a flotilla of eleven ships from Britain, anchored in Sydney Cove – named after Lord Sydney the British Home Secretary (now called Circular Quay). Captain Arthur Phillip, in charge, stepped ashore and, in a simple ceremony, hoisted the Union Flag (Jack), saluted it, and proclaimed the settlement of the colony of New South Wales for His Majesty King George III. The remainder of the continent was subsequently settled and claimed for Britain and today the 26th January, Australia Day, is a public holiday across Australia, marking the birthday of modern Australia. Continue reading “Australia Proclaimed For Britain”


Yeiwene Yeiwene’s Grave


En route to Ydejele Beach (separate review) I noticed a rather colourful grave set amongst palms and pines, with the turquoise waters of the South Pacific providing a beautiful backdrop. On the return trip to our cruise ship the bus slowed down sufficiently to afford me a better look and the chance to take a photograph. Continue reading “Yeiwene Yeiwene’s Grave”