After 22 long weeks at sea, the tired old sailing ship, HMS Buffalo, finally dropped anchor in Holdfast Bay on 28 December 1836. Without further ado, Captain John Hindmarsh strode ashore, found himself a wizened old gum tree and read a proclamation establishing the free-settled colony of South Australia. The place where those historic first steps were taken has become Adelaide's vibrant seaside suburb of Glenelg. And despite the passage of over 160 years, Governor Hindmarsh's gum tree is still standing. Shored up and protected from the elements, it can be viewed night and day, free of charge.
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