ProvenanceThe teapot was given to the donor by his great-grandmother, Margaret McDonald.
Captain John Hart was one of the key commercial and political figures in Port Adelaide and the early South Australian colony. After years amassing a fortune through trading and whaling, Captain Hart settled at Glanville, between Port Adelaide and the coast. Realising the vast profits to be made by exporting flour rather than grain, and capitalising on the Victorian gold rush, Hart built a mill at Port Adelaide. Completed in 1855, it was the greatest grain mill in the colony—its imported engine, state of the art. Hart was also a shrewd politician and was elected premier of South Australia three times.
In the Port, the Captain is remembered fondly for employing Aboriginal people, paying wages in cash, not tea, blankets or tobacco. When Hart died in 1873, 80 carriages joined the procession, flags flew at half-mast and all the high street shops closed their doors.SignificanceSignificant for its probable connection to the prominent Hart family of Glanville Hall. Captain John Hart built a flour mill at Port which was known as the greatest mill in the South Australian colony. He was also elected Premier of South Australia three times. The teapot reflects the quality of life of wealthy people in the colony.DescriptionCopper teapot, 20cm high, with copper feet and wooden handle.AcknowledgementKeywordsindustryDomestic EquipmentDate of Creation1830sDate of UsageMaterialcopper
|wood Accession NumberHT 2013.0604
CollectionA Great Southern Land
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