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Memoirs of Mixed Fortunes

Memoirs of Mixed Fortunes

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Memoirs of Mixed Fortunes - Samuel Joseph Stuckey, a pioneer of the north and south east of South Australia, 1837-1912
In 1837, mere months after proclamation, Samuel Joseph Stuckey was born in the state of South Australia. Despite evidence to the contrary, he would claim to be the first native-born South Australian for the rest of his life, and his fortunes would mirror those of the fledgling state.

Edited and annotated by his great-granddaughter Mary Louise Simpson, Stuckey's memoirs chart his failures and successes first hand. He explains his role in the Burke and Wills tragedy; the trials of opening up new grazing lands in the inhospitable north; and expeditions to British India (now Pakistan) to buy camels for use in the outback.

However, no event would have such an impact - nor be so remembered - as the moment in 1864 when he shot and killed an Aboriginal man named Pompey. His reasons for this action, and the events that followed it, form the focal point of a fascinating account of early colonial life.

Praise for Memoirs of Mixed Fortunes:
'By revealing the actions and beliefs of one among the many who established European-style agriculture on the Australian continent, Memoirs of mixed fortunes can enrich our understanding of nineteenth-century colonial society.' - Elizabeth Bor, ReadPlus and Opinion

‘A foundational read for all those interested in South Australian pioneer history but also an exceptional text for study by secondary and tertiary students ... I strongly recommend Memoirs of Mixed Fortunes as required reading for students of South Australian history because it provides a first-hand account of conditions in the colony during its early years as an easily presented narrative.' - Dr Roslyn Joy Ricci, Global Media Post

'A welcome addition to the European history of the Flinders Ranges and the development of South Australia's inland pastoral industry.' - Colin Harris, Bibliofile, Vol. 14, No. 1

Mary Louise Simpson was born and raised in the South East of South Australia amongst relatives with a fund of historical anecdotes. After graduating in History from the University of Adelaide with a BA (Hons) she taught in high schools and worked on the South Australian Museum's Collections. She is married to Antony and they share a passion for history and sailing as well as supporting the South Australian Museum.