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A Town Needs A Map!

Gum Map 1860

an image showing the whole map of Gumeracha

Gumeracha Map 1860

a close-up of the main streets of the town

a close up of a few of the block on Victoria Street (commonly known as "Top Street")

a closer view of a few of the blocks on Victoria Street (commonly known as “Top Street”), note the names or businesses written in them

a close up of the title on the map

a close up of the title on the map

a close-up of the name presumably of the map creator and date made: Geo Warren[?] 22/9/60

a close-up of the name presumably of the map creator and date made: Geo Warren[?] 22/9/60

a note in the top corner says that A.G. Randell presented this map to the Gumeracha District Council on the 19th March 1966

a note in the top corner on the map says that A.G. Randell presented this map to the Gumeracha District Council on the 30th March 1966

to give you a sense of the size of this thing, here's me holding the map

and to give you a sense of the size of this thing, here’s me holding the map

DESCRIPTION: a large (130cm x 100cm) hand drawn map of town of Gumeracha, showing blocks that were already taken, with others still available. This map is on paper that has been glued on to linen, and then has wooden panels on the top and bottom.
DATE: 22 September 1860
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips. Originally in possession of the Randell family, but passed on to the Gumeracha District Council and then “rescued” by Alan
STORY/ABOUT: To anyone with an interest in Gumeracha’s history this is gold! Not only is the map over 150 years old, it shows where businesses were, and it has names of who owned what blocks back at that time.

From Wikipedia  … “Gumeracha is one of South Australia’s oldest settled areas. In 1839, the South Australia Company took up a parcel of land, on which the settlements of Gumeracha, Kenton Valley and Forreston developed. The Company established a district headquarters and opened it up for sheep grazing.
In 1839, William Beavis Randell built his home, at Kenton Park and built a flour mill in the 1840s
In 1855, Randell allocated land for a township and prior to 1860 the town was laid out. Commercial businesses sprang up on the main street (Albert Street), and many fine buildings were erected.”

2 Responses to “A Town Needs A Map!”

  1. Alan Phillips says:

    To add to the above:

    – W.B. Randell records arrangements for the survey of the area for the new town in his diary in 1852

    – Geoffrey Manning in his ‘The Place Names of Our Land’ notes ‘William Beavis Randell (1799-1876), who arrived in the Hartley in 1837, laid the town out in 1853.’

    – the map shows a number of the allotments had already been sold and built on by 1860

  2. Catherine says:

    Such a treasure… Congratulations on “rescuing” it Alan Phillips!!!…

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