John Wrathall Bull, 1804-1886


Biographical note

Early settler, inventor and colonial author of South Australia. Born in St. Paul's Cray, Kent, England, he was a dairy farmer in Cheshire and Bedfordshire, before applying as a farmer and shepherd for free passage to the new colony of South Australia. In May 1838, he arrived in Adelaide on the Canton with his wife and two infant sons. He acted as an agent for absentee landholders in South Australia, as well as taking up farming in the Mount Barker and Rapid Bay districts. In 1852, he visited the Victorian goldfields, but returned to South Australia the following year. Also involved in South Australia's colonial militia, he was made lieutenant in command of the companies at Mitcham and Glen Osmond.

His Early Experiences of Colonial Life in South Australia (Adelaide, 1878) first appeared the South Australian Chronicle. Revised and enlarged by the addition of colonial history, the work was republished in Adelaide and London in 1884.

Bull died at College Park in 1886 and was survived by only two of his ten children.

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