HMS Buffalo

32

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”

Advertisements

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

70

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

44

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”

Australia Proclaimed For Britain

112

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”