Lynedoch Valley was settled in 1839, named by Surveyor-General Colonel William Light after his great friend, Lord Lynedoch, who was his captain in the Battle of Barossa in 1811, part of the Peninsula War against Napoleon's French Army. The name was later misspelled and is known as Lyndoch, a service town for the vibrant Grape and Wine industry of the area, rather than wheat
In the foreground a shepherd with his dog and sheep look back over wheat-fields. There is a windmill to the mid-left that is believed to be artistic license as no evidence remains that it had existed. The view of plentiful farmland was a sure lure to potential emigrants.
In the accompanying text: 'Between twenty and thirty miles from Adelaide, in a N.N.E. direction is situated Lynedoch Valley, a rich agricultural tract of land extending towards the Barossa Range. A considerable portion of land under cultivation is the property of the South Australian Company, producing some of the finest wheat in the world...'.
The artist George French Angas - son of George Fife Angas, founder of the South Australian Company, who arguably saved the fledgling experimental colony. As a naturalist and painter, he was ideal for expedition inclusion. In 1844 he joined Governor George Grey who ventured to the south-east of the New Colony. Consequently, Angas painted some of the earliest views of South Australia’s hinterland.
Size of image = 30 x 35 cm (12 x 14 inches)
Issued with Verifying Certificate.
Posted by Reniel on 31st Jul 2012
All covered with Vineyards now! My industrious German ancestors were grateful to escape the draconian edicts of the Lutheran Faith in Brandenburg and ventured out to a FREE colony! WOOT!! I am so fortunate to have found this print = Thanks!