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19 December 1839 Andrew Tennant

19 December 1839     Andrew Tennant

Andrew Tennant arrived in South Australia with his family, at the age of four years, on 19 December 1839. He was educated at Wickes School at North Adelaide and later inherited the family property at Port Lincoln. At the age of 18 he took cattle west to Lake Newland near Elliston and settled at Salt Creek, a holding that had been abandoned earlier because of hostile Aborigines. He later owned stations around the west coast at Coffin Bay and Streaky Bay and had a number of runs in other areas including the Princess Royal near Burra. He was a principal shareholder in the Tarcoola Blocks Gold Mine, which failed badly, and he lost heavily. He was also a director of the Adelaide Steamship Company from its inception. From 1881-87 he represented Flinders in the House of Assembly and 1898-1902 sat in the Legislative Council for Northern District. He died at his home ‘Essendene’ at Glenelg on 19 July 1913.   

Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 6, pp. 255-56.

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