Colonial William Light sailed into the Port of Adelaide in 1836 and proclaimed it the best best port for merchant ships in the world. I bet he did realize 181 years later a lad from North America would be swinging his Minelab CTX 3030 looking for those crumbs lefty behind. It makes me wonder who will be here in another 200 years looking for our crumbs of modern day society.
History of the Port
The port holds a wealth of industrial & blue collar history dating back to its inception. Over the last 150 years the port has progressed into a melting pot of traditional Australian industrial strength with a plethora of capitalistic commercial/residential modernism. I was just hoping to get my CTX a taste of either genre.
The settlement at the original landing place on what was then called the Port Creek was never large enough to be called a town. Ron Parsons suggests that its ‘foundation day’ was 6 January 1837, the day the Colony’s Harbour Master Captain Thomas Lipson and his family travelled from the Buffalo in its barge to take up residence there. That settlement was superseded by the town of Port Adelaide on its current site in 1840.
On the other hand, when on 25 May 1837 Governor Hindmarsh proclaimed a large portion of the Port Creek estuary ‘a legal port’ and named it ‘Port Adelaide’ the boundaries were defined and several areas of land and water given names. The legal port stretched from near Snapper Point at the top of Lefevre’s Peninsula to a statute mile above the then landing place.
From here, I researched a possible ‘hotspot’ location nestled along the river inlet that once docked hundreds of merchant ships while playing host to all the merchant marines that would arrive worldwide.
With so much history and current activity in this region I figured this would be the idyllic location to swing the CTX3030 for some legendary lost history.
Let’s find out……