Time of South Australia from discovery to 1901


There are more than 15,000 Indigenous Australians before being in contact with settlers as well as over 50 different tribes in South Australia


The Dutch lead by Francois Thijssen are the first to see the south coast of Australia


Frenchman Bruni d'Entrecasteaux sails to the head of the Great Australian Bight


Matthew Flinders makes a detailed study of the coast east from Fowlers Bay where he mets French navigator Nicholas Baudin, who is also surveying the coast

Approx. 1802

A government survey party rejects Kangaroo Island as a place to settle a colony


Collet Barker, a British millitary officer is sent to further explore South Australia and names the Sturt River after Sturt and climbs Mount Lofty


South Australia is explored from the inside by Charles Sturt during his voyage down the Murray River


Members from the South Australian Association persuade the British to pass the South Australian Act

Approx. 1834

Official Settlement of South Australia occurs after years of negotiation


Governor John Hindmarsh lands at Holdfast Bay and proclaims the commencement of South Australia's colonial government

28 December 1836

The legislative council passes a compromise Constitution Bill and sends it to Britain for approval


The largest mineral discovery at Moonta, South AUstralia


The maritime strike occurs