FINK ARTS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA.
IN the infancy of this colony, it gives us great pleasure to state that there is, i we understand, a growing desire for the
cultivation of the fioe arts, as also a very laudable disposition on the part of some of the friends of the colony at home to foster sucU.efforts. Yesterday, on calling at Mr. Chas. Robinson's establishment, in Rundle-street, we had an opportunity of seeing " A View of the Old Port"-" A Bird's-eye View
of Adelaide*' and " A View of the
City from North Terrace"--executed in a bold and spirited style by Mr. £. A. Opie, at tire particular order of George Fife Angas, Esq., of London. From such efforts of Mr, Opie as have come under our o wa observation, we think him highly deserving of encou ragement; and * consider, moreover, that those of the colonists as may wish to send such views to their friends, might advantageously avail themselves
of his services.
THE NATIVES.-On Sunday fort- night, five sheep were stolen from Mr John Bowman, of Barton Vale, near Islington. A younger brother of Mr Bowman's got up in the sight on hear- ing the sheep rush, and saw a dog in the yard, which he recognised as be- longing to some of the natives. Next morning they tracked them to where some of the sheep had been killed, and
on proceeding farther they discovered the head, horns, and some bones, covered over with branches, beside the native
fires. Of this a complaint has been laid before Government. Since the above, however, on Sunday last Mr Bowman saw some of the natives iu the bush, near the house, and fired in the air to intimidate them, when they dropped
one of the lambs and ran off.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE.-On Fri
day night last, Mr Menge delivered the first of an intended course of lectures, at the Baptist Chapel, Hind ley street, on the Mineralogy of South Australia. After pointing out the difficulty of ob taining good specimens of the various minerals, owing to the action of the air and periodical fires upon the surface, he proceeded to explain to the meeting the nature of the various minerals ex
hibited by him. The opal, the asbestos, and many others,-in all 200 varieties -existed in abundance. Coal, he stated, might be found in the province, but the expence of seeking for it, below the surface, was too great for him as an individual to allow of his prosecu ting bis researches. If, however, a Mining Company were established, he would guarantee that they would be well repaid for their outlay. Se ex pected on his return from the interior, to be able to bring specimens of gold with him. The whole of the 200 spe cimens of minerals might be found within one square mile on the Barossa Range, O wing to the wet weather the
attendance was not so numerous as on former occasions; but we must do the indefatigable lecturer the justice to say that his audience were apparently much pleased with and interested in his discourse. We understand that the nest lecture will be delivered on Friday se'night, by H. Watson, Esq., on the
culture of the vine.
WHALE FISHERY AT ENCOUNTER
BAY.-It will please our readers to
hear, that the success at the above fisheries has during the past season
justified the expectations of the colo- ' m'sts regarding them. Already, 269 tuns of oil, has been procured at En
counter Bay alone, and, before the ; season closes, it is expected to be 230. The quantity procured, at Thistle Is land, is, we believe, about 120 tuns.
THE PRICE OF BREAD.--Ourread ers will be glad to learn, that the hint we threw out a week or two ago has been taken, and that the bakers have
reduced the price of the two pound ' loaf, lt is now selling for ten-pence,
but cannot much longer continue at this ¡ if the flour market rennins as it is. i
VEGETABLES,-The abundance, va- \ riety, and extraordinary size of the J vegetables at present tn the market, is 1 a sufficient index to the productive
capabilities of the province. Cauli- j flowers may be had at 4d per head ; j cabbages at lèd; turnips at 3d a : bunch; new potatoes at Siper lb; and ; all others in proportion.
THE CHORCU.--Iir a December number of ; the Colonial Gazette, we noticed the formation 1 ofa Church Endowment Society for the Colony of South Australia* The principle of this
Society is to collect funds for the purpose of 1 establishing the Episcopal Protestant Church in that Colony- It is intended to endow a Bishopric, and to purchase lands of sufficient estent to secure to the Church an am pie maintenance. The appointment of the Bishop will be vasted in the Society, and the inferior Clergy will be recommended by the Sociey to the Bishop fir his approval, &c. ; and judging from what we have read and heard
little doubt remains of the success of this
Society's undertaking.-Sdynet, Gazette.
[THE Rev. Mr Farrel, who arrived by the 'Lysander,' is, we learn, the representative of this society, the funds subscribed to which, in London, is upwards of £1000.-Eo. S.A.]