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Bonhams to Sell Rare and Important Watercolours by One of Australia’s First Free Settlers

SYDNEY.- Two rare and important watercolours by George French Angas are to be auctioned at Bonhams Australian Art sale on 22 August at Byron Kennedy Hall, Sydney. One shows the departure of Sturt’s third and final expedition from Adelaide, while the other depicts the first Royal Adelaide Show. They are estimated to fetch AU$20,000-30,000 each. George French Angas was the son of Englishman George Fife Angas, who supporting the establishment of an Australian state settled entirely by free settlers, founded the South Australian Company. In February 1836, the Company’s three ships set sail for South Australia with the first emigrants, livestock and provisions on board. In 1843, his sons George French and John Howard followed aboard the Augustus, arriving in the colony in 1844 George French joined several exploring expeditions for the South Australian