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Biographical entry Cadell, Francis (1822 - 1879)

Born
9 February 1822
Cockenzie, Scotland
Died
1879
Occupation
Explorer and Navigator

Summary

Francis Cadell in 1853 was one of the first to navigate the Murray River from its mouth to Swan Hill in a steamer. In 1867 he led a South Australian expedition to the Northern Territory to choose a site for the capital and an area for agricultural settlement.

Details

Born Cockenzie, Scotland, 9 February 1822. Died Dutch East Indies, 1879. Arrived Adelaide 1852; made the first successful steam voyage up the Murray 1853; active in navigation of the Murray and its main tributaries 1853-63; formed the River Murray Navigation Co., which ran the "Melbourne" and the "Albury"; company dissolved 1857, but Cadell and a partner continued to run the "Melbourne" and the "Albury" until the "Melbourne" was lost at the Murray mouth 1859; business failed 1861 and "Albury" sold; superintended steam transport on the Waikato river in New Zealand 1864; snagging on the Darling for the New South Wales government 1866; led an expedition appointed by the South Australian government to the Northern Territory to choose a site for the capital and an area for agricultural settlement 1867; whaling, trading and pearling in various areas 1870-79. Commemorated by Cadell Strait in the Northern Territory and by a settlement on the River Murray.

Archival resources

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Francis Cadell - Records, 1846 - 1880, FM 4/1765; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Francis Cadell - Records, 1846 - 1880, M 464; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Published resources

Books

  • Painter, Gwenda, The River Trade: Wool and Steamers, Turton and Armstrong with Pioneer Settlement Press, Wahroonga, 1979. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J.