First Voyages: Exploring the southern coast charts a history of exploration from the Greek geographer Ptolemy's ancient speculation about an unknown south land,Terra Australis Incognita,to the completion of the map of Australia.
Nine ships, 546 people, on the journey of a lifetime. What was it like to leave your home for a new life on the other side of the world 175 years ago? Re-live this extraordinary journey, told in their own words from journals, letters and diaries and through the things they brought with them.
In 1836 Surveyor General Colonel Light selected a sand hill surrounded by mangroves for the first Port. It was known to the Kaurna as Yertabulti, a place ‘of sleep or death’ and an important meeting place. Europeans transformed the landscape—mangroves were replaced with wharves, industry and infrastructure. Cycles of boom and bust shaped the Port’s history and swept the fortunes of Portonians along with them.