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1840 Cultivators Return for South Australia

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The following searchable database will disclose the names in the official returns of the country sections of the colony under cultivation. This is a useful supplement to the 1841 Census and will add significant details to the data about individuals. The database contains enough information to allow you to identify the person of interest.

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Sectn Nos
Place Cultivator
Crop (in acres)
Water source How enclosed Remarks
Wheat Barley Oats Maize Potato Garden
4424 4425
Blackstone James Shakes
and others
8
2
2.5
0.5
1
  Well 17 feet deep with 4 feet of water 16 acres with posts on ends. 20 acres in progress Wheat sown in the beginning of July, a fair crop; Barley sown in the August, a very good crop; Oats also sown in the August, short in straw but well filled in the ear

The material is divided into the districts proclaimed in the province at the time see map. These administrative districts were also used for the 1841 Census:

District A: north of a line drawn from the sea along Bay Road (now Anzac Highway) to Morphett Road and thence to Mt Lofty but excluding Adelaide and Port Adelaide and south of present day Grand Junction Road and west of a line drawn north to south through Mt Lofty.
District B: south of a line drawn from the sea along Bay Road (now Anzac Highway) to Morphett Road and thence to Mt Lofty and north of Lat 3510 and the Onkarparinga River and west of a line drawn north to south through Mt Lofty.
District C: from 35°10’ [i.e. mouth of the Onkaparinga River] to 35°20’ [i.e. base of Sellicks Hill] and west of a line drawn north to south through Mt Lofty..
Encounter Bay District including Crrency Creek and Inman valley.
Mount Barker District including Mr Smillie and Mr Hack and the Angas Survey).
Northern Districts: included Houghton area, Gawler and the Barossa Valley.

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