The Stag Diary - Passage to Colonial Adelaide 1850




A number of people provided invaluable assistance during the course of my researching and writing this book. I am particularly grateful for the national resource, which is available through the vast holdings of the National Library of Australia (NLA), Canberra. The considerable holdings on microfilm available as a consequence of the Australian Joint Copying Project were drawn upon. Original documents and old manuscripts were readily available through the various library-reading rooms. My thanks go to the staff of the NLA for their assistance and patience. I would also like to acknowledge the assistance provided by the South Australian Maritime Museum, the South Australian archives (Services SA) and the helpful assistance provided by the staff of the Mortlock Reading Room of the State Library of South Australia. My thanks also go to family and friends who showed interest in this project and offered encouragement and advice. Finally special thanks to Jeremy Limbrick for his assistance and advice with pictorial material, graphics and design work.


Note for readers:


Measures of distance, weight and type of currency have been maintained, as they were in nineteenth century Britain and the Australian colonies. Hence metric and decimal terms are not used. Thus to assist readers who may want to convert terms used in this book the following may be of use:


.1 mile is approximately equivalent to 1.6 kilometres;


.1 yard is approximately equivalent to 0.9 metres;


.1 foot is approximately equivalent to 0.3 metres;


.1 ton is approximately equivalent to 1.02 tonnes;


.1 ounce is approximately equivalent to 28.4 grams;


.1 gallon is approximately equivalent to 4.5 litres;


.70 degrees Fahrenheit is approximately equivalent to 21 degrees Celsius.


With regard to currency the terms used are pounds shillings (s) and pence (d).