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Biographical entry Light, William (1786 - 1839)

Born
27 April 1786
Kuala Kedah, Malaysia
Died
6 October 1839
South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Explorer and Surveyor

Summary

William Light had some association with Louis Henri de Freycinet 1803-4 and was the first Surveyor-General of South Australia.

Archival resources

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

  • Louis Henri desaulses de Freycinet - Records, 1803 - 1809, FM 4/1740; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana

  • William Light - Records, 1809 - 1845, PRG 1; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Anderson, Kelly, 'From Peninsular War to coordinated cadastre: William Light's route maps of Portugal and Spain, and his founding of Adelaide, the "Grand experiment in the art of colonization"', in Liebenberg, Elri, Demhardt, Imre Josef and Vervust, Soetkin (eds), History of military cartography: 5th International Symposium of the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography, 2014, Springer, Cham; Heidelberg; New York, 2016, pp. 327-45. Details
  • Elder, David F., 'Light, William (1786-1839)', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 2, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1967, pp. 116-118. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A020102b.htm. Details

Journal Articles

  • Porter, J. R., 'Light's Survey of Adelaide: Facts, Fables and Fancies', South Australian Geological Journal, vol. 106, 2008, pp. 53-83. Details

Online Resources

See also

McCarthy, G.J.