1840 Cultivators Return for South Australia
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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Crop (in acres)
||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
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 35°10’ 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.