About the site

This site was originally devoted to providing material on the Hack family supplementary to the book: Chequered Lives. John Barton Hack and Stephen Hack and the Early Days of South Australia by Iola Mathews (with Chris Durrant).

Since then, material has been collected on a range of topics in early South Australian history.

All may be explored by clicking on the site map in the panel on the left.


20 March 2014

The portrait of Edward Hack now identified as one of William.

An importation of vine cuttings by Charles Powell in 1836 preceded that of Barton in 1837.

Several contemporary accounts of events at Encounter Bay in 1837.

13 April 2014

The maps illustrating the book.

26 January 2019

The reviews of Chequered Lives removed and the site cleaned up.

Added material:

4 February 2019

An alternative identification of John Hill, the purchaser of town acre 385, suggested.

Key maps to Adelaide streets and town acres added.

5 March 2019

Early land sales continued up to the selection of first 80-acre land orders.

All country sections are keyed to Light's 1839 map.

29 March 2019

Unfinished documents on Hack family research, The Hack Family of South Australia: A Source Book, and the development of early Adelaide added and maintenance of the site ceased.