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Online Portraits of South Australian Old Colonists 02 May 2017 06:48 #1594

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State Library of South Australia has a new Online Portrait Collection of “Old Colonists”

If you are descended from one of the early settlers who arrived in Australia prior to 1841, you might be able to find his or her portrait in one of over 1,000 ‘Old Colonists’ were on display in the State Library. In 2017 they have returned as facsimiles (along with new indexes and online catalogue records) – funded by the Friends of the State Library. They are now available online.

“The Old Colonists Banquet Group” of men was commissioned by businessman Emanuel Solomon to commemorate a free banquet he held at the Adelaide Town Hall on 28th December 1871 for fellow colonists ‘who date their arrival before 1841’. The companion mosaic of women was created partly as a consolation to women who applied for tickets only to be told that the banquet was for ‘the Male Sex’!

A brief introduction is available here
while the male portraits are available by clicking this link
and the female portraits can be viewed here
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