View of North Parade West, Port Adelaide with the steamship 'Governor Musgrave'

Samuel Sweet1880

History Trust of South Australia

History Trust of South Australia
Adelaide, Australia

This image taken by Samuel Sweet (see below) shows the steamship 'Governor Musgrave' steaming up the river with the commercial centre on North Parade in the background. The ship was built in 1874 by Mort's Dock & Engineering Co for the Marine Board of S, and named after Sir Anthony Musgrave, governor of South Australia from 1873 to 1877. 'For many years this vessel was employed for all kinds of coastal service; repairs to jetties, investigating and attending wrecks, delivering stores to lighthouses and special government commissions. She was transferred to the Commonwealth after Federation and hulked in Sydney. Tonnage: 266 gross Dimensions: length 130', breadth 21', draught 11'.' (http://passengersinhistory.sa.gov.au/file/43589)

The image is a copy made in 1917 of the original.
After careers as a sea captain and surveyor, Samuel White Sweet (1825-1886) established himself in Adelaide as a well known photographer. 'With his horse-drawn dark room he travelled through South Australia taking hundreds of skilful pictures of the outback, stations and homesteads. The colony's foremost documentary photographer of the 1870s, in the early 1880s he was one of the first to use the new dry-plate process.' (Allan Sierp, 'Sweet, Samuel White (1825–1886)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/sweet-samuel-white-4678/text7739, published first in hardcopy 1976, accessed online 5 June 2019.) After his death in 1886, his wife continued his gallery in Adelaide Arcade and sold prints made from his glass plate negatives (https://www.daao.org.au/bio/samuel-white-sweet/biography/).

The State Library of South Australia holds a substantial collection of his photographs.


  • Title: View of North Parade West, Port Adelaide with the steamship 'Governor Musgrave'
  • Creator: Samuel White Sweet
  • Date: 1880
  • Rights: Public Domain
  • Medium: Glass Negative

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