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FIRST STEAM VOYAGE FROM THE GOOLWA.
It affords us the highest possible satisfaction to announce that the first steamer on the Murray has now started on her first voyage up that splendid stream.
The arrival of the Mary Ann at the Goolwa was expected on Thursday afternoon, but in consequence of a strong head wind, her passage down the River and through the Lake was impeded. Early Friday morning, however, she made her appearance, which was hailed with delight, not only by the Lieutenant-Governor and the large party who accompanied His Excellency, but by some 200 or 300 persons of the respectable yeomanry of the surrounding districts, many with their wives and families, and several gentlemen from Adelaide. The little steamer was saluted on arrival by a volley from 19 guns, and other demonstrations of joy, amongst which we must not forget to mention the display of a handsome flag at the building yard of Messrs. Winsby Brothers, who are building the second river steamer for Capt. Cadell. The flag had the union jack amalgamated with the alter- nate stripes of the United States, spangled with five stars, emblematical of the five colonies of Aus- tralasia. The cheering was most hearty and enthu- siastic. Soon after the steamer had dropped anchor His Excellency and suite went on board, and were there entertained at a very hospitable and even splendid lunch. The hams, tongues, and other sub- stantial edibles were served up with a profusion of cakes and confectionery, specially prepared for the
occasion by the young ladies of Goolwa, and succeeded by a dessert in which there was a hand- some display of choice fruits from the gardens of Mr. Randell, sen. The wines, spirits, &c, were excellent, and in profusion. After the entertain- ment. His Excellency and party landed amidst loud cheers, and a number of gentlemen from Adelaide and elsewhere were invited on board, and most kindly entertained. They were afterwards pressed to take a trip up the Goolwa in the steamer, but, having no means of sending their horses up to a given point, were obliged to decline the kind invi- tation. Soon after 12 o'clock, on Saturday the Mary Ann took her departure under canvas and steam, and amidst deafening plaudits, with the full ex- pectation of reaching Wellington, distant 40 miles, before sundown.
The Mary Ann, so named at the desire of the Messrs. Randell, jun., in honour of their mother, was built and fitted on the north bank of the Reedy Creek, at a place distant about 25 miles from Gum- eracka, and 140 miles from the Goolwa, at an ex- pense of £1,500. Everything was made in the colony, and the outfit does infinite credit to the skill and ingenuity of the projectors and their assistants. Mr. Wm. Randell has assumed the command, having his brother Thomas as mate, and a younger brother as engineer, &c, and with a single man they con- stitute the crew. Among the gentlemen from Ade- laide who visited Port Elliot and the Goolwa upon this interesting occasion were :— Messrs. Green, Watts, Duval, Linklater, Hay, Alston, and Lawson. For His Excellency, suite, and party, tents had been erected, and the other visitors from distant parts found good accommodation at the inn. We must defer the details of the progress of local improve- ment until our next publication.