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A rich tapestry

Leaving all behind, men, women and children arrived on South Australia's shores, shaping new lives and re-forming this most ancient of lands.

From ships' deserters, whalers and sealers to 'boat people'. From the carefully planned migration schemes of Edward Gibbon Wakefield, through the importation of Irish brides for lonely bushmen, to Barwell boys sent out as agricultural labourers. And more recently from those escaping nightmares in war-torn Europe and Asia.

The South Australian landscape is a rich tapestry in private ownership, in the traditional ownership of Aboriginal communities, or in the stewardship of local, state and commonwealth governments.

Read more about this theme in SA Memory

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