Holdfast Bay - SA



DEG: -34.98057 138.4892
DMS: 34º 58' 50.06" S 138º 29' 21.11" E
UTM: 54 H 6126232mN 270806mE
Altitude: -5.17m


Place Type

Geography - Bay,Inlet,Cove


11.54kms SouthWest of Adelaide

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The bay was named by Colonel William Light, South Australian surveyor general, in mid-1836.

In his journal he expressed his pleasure at the quality of the anchorage after riding out a storm. Holdfast Bay was the site of the landings in 1836 and 1837 by pioneers who were to set up the colony of South Australia.

On 8 November 1836 Robert Gouger, Colonial Secretary and Chief Magistrate, arrived there aboard the Africaine and set up camp near The Old Gum Tree. With the arrival of Governor Hindmarsh on 28 December and the proclamation of the new colony, the Holdfast Bay settlement became the first seat of government of South Australia. (It remained the seat of government until mid-March 1837.) On 31 December 1836 the Holdfast Bay settlement was renamed Glenelg.
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Closest Weather Station

TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Adelaide Airport
Distance from Holdfast Bay 4.23km NE
Mean Max. °C28.128.125.422.218.515.914.915.918.221.023.925.7
Mean Min. °C15.916.114.411.
Mean Rain mm17.418.

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