Light, William (1786-1839)

Also known as
Light, William, (Surveyor-General Colonel)
Light, William, (Surveyor-General Colonel) (1786-1839)
Field of activity
Soldier; Surveyor; Explorer; Artist; Draughtsman; Painter; First officer; Captain; Lieutenant Colonel; Spanish Constitutional Forces; Aide-de-camp; Midshipman; Sailor; Printmaker
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William Light (1786-1839), soldier and surveyor, was born on 27 April 1786 in Kuala Kedah, Malaya, the second son of Captain Francis Light (1740?-1794) and Martinha Rozells, traditionally a Princess of...

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A former director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, he declared: 'there is little doubt that had Colonel Light decided to devote his genius and energies to painting he would have achieved as great a fame as the one he achieved as the founder of Adelaide'.

painter, soldier, sailor and surveyor, was born in Kuala Kedah, Malaya, on 27 April 1786, son of Captain Francis Light RN, who had become a sea-trader in South-East Asia. This entry is a stub. You can help DAAO by submitting a

  • c.1836 aboard the Rapid

Flourished

  • fl. 1792 - 1839

View the full record at Design and Art Australia Online

View the full record at Design and Art Australia Online

William Light had some association with Louis Henri de Freycinet 1803-1804 and was the first Surveyor-General of South Australia.

View the full record at Encyclopedia of Australian Science

Related people and organisations

Design and Art Australia Online

  • The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
  • Mortlock Library of South Australiana, State Library of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
  • Adelaide Town Hall, South Australia
  • (see also) Bennett, Portia Mary
  • (see also) Light, Francis
  • (see also) Rozells, Martinha
  • (see also) Doughty, George
  • (see also) Perois, E.
  • (see also) Wilson, Robert
  • (see also) Harding, J. D.
  • (see also) Richmond,
  • (see also) Ali, Mohammed
  • (see also) Napier, Charles
  • (see also) Hindmarsh, John
  • (see also) Nixon, Henry
  • (see also) Wint, Peter de
  • (see also) British Cavalry, UK
  • (see also) Spanish 'Liberales'
  • (see also) Egyptian Navy
  • (see also) Scenes in Europe and Egypt and of battles in the Peninsular War
  • (see also) Head Study (self-portrait)
  • (see also) A View of the Country and of the Temporary Erections near the Site of the Proposed Town of Adelaide
  • (see also) Views of Pompeii (with J.D. Harding)
  • (see also) Sicilian Scenery (with Peter de Wint)
  • (see also) Untitled Self-portrait

Resources for William Light

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Light, William
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Light, William (1786-1839)
    Elder, David F.
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1967
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 2, 116-118
  3. From Peninsular War to coordinated cadastre: William Light's route maps of Portugal and Spain, and his founding of Adelaide, the "Grand experiment in the art of colonization"
    Anderson, Kelly
    Published: Springer, Cham; Heidelberg; New York, 2016
    Series: History of military cartography: 5th International Symposium of the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography, 2014, 327-45
  4. South Australia's Shining Light
    Porter, John Reginald
    Published: 2010
    Series: FIG Congress 2010: Facing the Challenges - Building the Capacity, Sydney, Australia 11-16 April 2010: History Workshop, Australia's Greatest Surveyors-General, Session 2 (2010)
  5. Light's Survey of Adelaide: Facts, Fables and Fancies
    Porter, J. R.
    Published: 2008
    Series: South Australian Geological Journal, 106, 53-83
  6. Technology in Australia 1788-1988
    Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 2000

Resources by William Light (100)

  1. Light papers
    Light, William, 1786-1839
    [ Book : 1957 ]
    At Barr Smith Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 133,414.203)

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  2. William Light, 1786-1839, surveyor-general of South Australia : an exhibition of his paintings, sketches, survey drawings, maps, manuscripts and printed works, arranged by the Libraries Board of South Australia for the fourth Adelaide Festival of Art ...
    Light, William, 1786-1839
    [ Book : 1966 ]
    At 12 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 120,421.477)

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  3. The diary of William Light in Switzerland, 1826
    Light, William, 1786-1839
    [ Book : 1991 ]
    At 8 libraries
    The diary of William Light in Switzerland, 1826
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 94,265.727)

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  4. Plan of the city of Adelaide, in South Australia :
    Light, William, 1786-1839
    [ Book : 2017 ]
    At LaTrobe Uni Melb
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 91,223.109)

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  5. William Light
    Light, William, 1786-1839
    [ Unpublished : 1809-1839 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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  6. A brief journal of the proceedings of William Light : with a few remarks on some of the objections that have been made to them [and] ; A biographical sketch of Colonel William Light, the first Surveyor-General of the province of South Australia / com ...
    Light, William, 1786-1839
    [ Book : 1839-1910 ]
    At WSU Penrith Lib
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  7. [Papers on the internment of William Light in France, and his subsequent escape, 1803-1804]
    Light, William, 1786-1839
    [ Unpublished, Microform : 1900-1999 ]
    Languages: French
    At National Library
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  8. A biographical sketch of Colonel William Light : founder of Adelaide and the first Surveyor-General of the Province of South Australia / compiled from various sources by Thomas Gill ; also, a supplement containing a facsimile reprint of Col. Light's ...
    Gill, Thomas, 1849-1923
    [ Book : 1911 ]
    At 10 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 76,008.141)

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  9. A brief journal of the proceedings of William Light : late Surveyor-General of the Province of South of South Australia, with a few remarks on some of the objections that have been made to them
    Light, William, 1786-1839
    [ Book : 1963 ]
    At 4 libraries
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  10. A brief journal of the proceedings of William Light, late Surveyor-General of the province of South Australia, with a few remarks on some of the objections that have been made to them
    Light, William, 1786-1839
    [ Book : 1839-1962 ]
    At 9 libraries
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Resources about William Light (91)

  1. Colonel William Light
    [ Photograph : 1820 ]
    View online
    At State Library S Aust
    Colonel William Light
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  2. Light papers
    Light, William, 1786-1839
    [ Book : 1957 ]
    At Barr Smith Library
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  3. William Light, 1786-1839, surveyor-general of South Australia : an exhibition of his paintings, sketches, survey drawings, maps, manuscripts and printed works, arranged by the Libraries Board of South Australia for the fourth Adelaide Festival of Art ...
    Light, William, 1786-1839
    [ Book : 1966 ]
    At 12 libraries
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  4. [Biographical cuttings on William Light, Colonel, Surveyor-General of S.A. 1835, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  5. The diary of William Light in Switzerland, 1826
    Light, William, 1786-1839
    [ Book : 1991 ]
    At 8 libraries
    The diary of William Light in Switzerland, 1826
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  6. Adelaide Repertory Theatre
    Adelaide Repertory Theatre
    [ Unpublished : 1995 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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  7. Plan of the city of Adelaide, in South Australia :
    Light, William, 1786-1839
    [ Book : 2017 ]
    At LaTrobe Uni Melb
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  8. Colonel Light / T. Haeberlen, sc
    Haeberlen, T
    [ Art work : 1892 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    Colonel Light / T. Haeberlen, sc
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  9. William Light
    Light, William, 1786-1839
    [ Unpublished : 1809-1839 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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  10. A brief chronology of the life of Colonel William Light : [poster]
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1993 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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  2. Light, Brenton
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    ... Shakespeare, William ... Brenton Light is an Actor, who is mentioned in 1 event in the AusStage database ...
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  1. AUSTRALIAN GAS-LIGHT COMPANY. (Established by Act of Council, 8 William IV.)
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Wednesday 11 April 1838 [Issue No.328] p 293

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... AUSTRALIAN GAS-LIGHT COMPANY. ( Established by Act of Council, 8 William IV.) THE Directors of this ... transmission of Orders for such further supplies as may be required for Lighting with Gas the follow-ing parts ... 195 words
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    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... AUSTRALIAN GAS-LIGHT COMPANY. (Established by Act of Council, 8 William IV.) THE Directors of this ... transmission of Orders for such further supplies as may be required for Lighting with Gas the follow-ing parts ... 197 words
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  3. AUSTRALIAN GAS LIGHT COMPANY. (Under the Acts of Council, 8 William IV. and 3rd Victoria.)
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 3 August 1847 [Issue No.66] p 819

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... AUSTRALIAN GAS LIGHT COMPANY. (Under the Acts of Council, 8 William IV, and Srd Victoria.) OTICE is ... 116 words
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  1. Papers concerning Col. William Light (1786-1839)
    Gill, Thomas, 1849-1923 et al
    [ Unpublished ]
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  2. Light, William
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  3. Colonel William Light
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  1. Visions of light : the art of cinematography
    American Film Institute
    [ Video, Map : 1990-2009 ]
    Languages: English;s--;n-u, [2 others]
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  2. South Australia. The Port and Town of Adelaide on the Eastern Coast of St Vincent's Gulf, from a drawing by Colonel W. Light
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    At Flinders University
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  3. Map: 'The District of Adelaide, South Australia; as divided into Country Sections from the Trigonometrical Surveys of Colonel Light'
    Arrowsmith, John
    [ Map : 1841 ]
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    At Flinders University
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  1. Colonel William Light
    Colonel William Light
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  2. Subscription to Col. William Light memorial statue.
    Subscription to Col. William Light memorial statue.
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  3. William McKay
    William McKay
    Created by KathMcKay, 140 items.

    Information on my grand-father, William McKay

    Keywords: Boer War, Tullibardine's Scottish Horse, Western Australian Police, William McKay
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  1. Founder of a City: The Life of Colonel William Light, First Surveyor-general of the Colony of South Australia, Founder of Adelaide 1786-1839 [Book Review]
    Pike, Douglas
    Meanjin
    [ Article : 1960 ]
    View online (conditions apply)
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  2. WILLIAM LIGHT: Founder of a City
    Tolchard, Clifford
    Walkabout.
    [ Article : 1966 ]
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    At 2 libraries
    WILLIAM LIGHT: Founder of a City
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  3. Colonel William Light and Port Lincoln
    Parker, F. L. (Ferdinand Lucas), 1885-1959
    Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia. South Australian Branch
    [ Article : 1936-1937 ]
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  4. William Light as an artist: a biographical excursion
    Elder, David F
    South Australiana
    [ Article : 1966 ]
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  1. Darkness & light : the art of William Robinson / editor Lynne Seear
    Robinson, William, 1936-
    [ Book : 1900-2001 ]
    Languages: English;Undetermined;lis, [2 others]
    At 49 libraries
    Darkness & light : the art of William Robinson / editor Lynne Seear
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  2. Light, William
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  3. [William Light : Art & Artist Files (Australia and New Zealand)]
    Light, William
    [ Book : 1900 ]
    At Nat Gall Aus Res
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  4. Light
    Robertson, William C
    [ Book : 2003 ]
    Read online at Open Library/Internet Archive
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    Light
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  1. William Turner : Visions of Colour and Light
    [ Video : 2003 ]
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  2. Solid light
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    [ Sound : 2008 ]
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    Solid light
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  3. 49. Fair as unshaded light / by William Lawes (1602)
    (1602), William Lawes
    [ Printed music : 2002 ]
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  4. William Dalrymple
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    [ Sound : 1999-2007 ]
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  1. SOUTH AUSTRALIA.
    The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 - 1842) Thursday 1 September 1836 p 1 Article
    ... -ries out the Surveyor General, Colonel William Light, who commands the whole expedition. The expedition ... honest man, he who has taken upon himself the people's lights, and is determined to protect them—but you ... 2340 words
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  2. THE HARBOUR AT POET ADELAIDE.
    South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register (Adelaide, SA : 1836 - 1839) Saturday 29 July 1837 p 1 Article
    ... said that good I have the honour to be, Sir, Your Obedient Humble Servant, WILLIAM LIGHT, Surveyor ... explain any discrepancies that   may appear between the statements or opinions of Colonel Light ... 1009 words
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  3. The FOUNDER of ADELAIDE WILLIAM LIGHT--A MASTER TOWN PLANNER
    The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Saturday 3 May 1952 p 14 Article
    ... in, Malaya about 1786. His father, was captain of a ship trading between , India and the East Indies ... . He died in 1839 and was buried in a city square bearing his own name. His desire was fulfilled, for ... 847 words
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