South Australia. Petition from Hon. B.T. Finniss. To the Honourable House of Assembly. PARLIAMENT OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA, Boyle Travers FINNISS.

South Australia. Petition from Hon. B.T. Finniss. To the Honourable House of Assembly.

Adelaide: Government printer, 19 January 1869.

Foolscap folio, single leaf, fine.

Aftermath of the Adam Bay settlement

Official publication of the petition presented to parliament by Boyle Travers Finniss following his dismissal as administrator of the fledgling Adam Bay settlement in Northern Australia during 1863.

Official publication of the petition presented to parliament by Boyle Travers Finniss following his dismissal as administrator of the fledgling Adam Bay settlement in Northern Australia during 1863.

Following the decision to place the Northern Territory under South Australian jurisdiction in 1863, Finniss was appointed resident and embarked on the project of establishing a settlement at Adam Bay. A surveyor by profession, Finniss had previously worked with Colonel William Light in laying out the city of Adelaide. Finniss came under fire for the poor siting of the settlement that flooded during the monsoon, and was criticised by settlers for poor management.

In this petition, Finniss states his significant personal financial sacrifices in taking on the job, and requests compensation of some £1000.

Price (AUD): $300.00

US$213.76   Other currencies

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