ALS on letter sheet showing Rundle Street Adelaide, South Australia
GILL Samuel Thomas.; BROUARD James (1856)
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Manuscript in ink on a letter-sheet with an engraved view of Rundle Street by S.T. Gill. 4to. Bifolium. Old folds, a closed tear to final leaf repaired, but very good. Adelaide, July 27
The sealer and fisherman, James Brouard writes in French (with sprinklings of English) to a friend ("cher ami") giving news of the discovery of gold, a description of Adelaide (it became a self-governing colony in the year of writing), and even comments on the local Aborigines "les native d'Australie il sont noir comme notre cheminee. le Gouvernement leur donne un Blanquette a chacun chaque annee leur demeuse est en dehors dans les bois."
A Guernsey native, Brouard arrived in the colony just two years prior to the writing of this letter. He was best known as a sealer. An obituary for his death was printed in the Advertiser on 13 June 1895, calling him one of our "best known identities ... [He] came to this colony in the ship Pestonjee Bomanjee 41 years ago, and during his career of seamanship he was one of the crew who raced Sir Thomas Elder's yacht Edith."
Gill's image first appeared in his Views in Adelaide series published by Penman & Galbraith in 1851. This was number three of a series of eight. Looking east, it depicts the corner of Rundle and King William Streets, and includes the Bee Hive Corner.
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