Our Surprising Find (see Recent Posts) has been confirmed as a sketch made by Capt. E. C. Frome during his time as Surveyor General of SA.

Edward Charles Frome commenced as South Australia’s third Surveyor General in September 1839 on his arrival from England with his wife and three children. He returned to England in 1849 after undertaking the extensive surveys desperately need to open up the country for settlement. Apart from his survey work he found time to make many sketches of settlements and landscapes, including one of Willunga Government Reserve, probably in 1840.

The original of this Willunga sketch is understood to be held in the Royal Commonwealth Society Collections in Cambridge University Library, although it seems that there are several copies in library collections in  Australia, including the Willunga Court House Museum.

For more details about Frome’s life see the Australian Dictionary of Biography account at http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/frome-edward-charles-2070.

SLSA:B6189, circa 1880.

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