John Harvey (1821–1899) emigrated from Scotland and arrived in South Australia in 1839.

He drove a coach between Gawler and Adelaide, ran sheep on unoccupied land along the way and established a hotel, the ‘Travellers’ Rest’, where the Great North Road crossed the Little Para River. When the hundred of Yatala was proclaimed in 1846, Harvey bought 69 hectares, laid out and named the town of Salisbury, and sold the land at a huge profit.

Settling as a pastoralist and horse breeder, Harvey was a member of both Yatala and Munno Para District Councils and sat in the House of Assembly for Yatala, 1857–60.  

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Ally Morgan says:

John was my GG grandfather. I have done extensive (years) of research on him...with good results from his birthplace, Wick, County Caithness. John was illiterate until his marriage to Ann Pitman, and was most probably the son of a West African man from The Ivory Coast, who was taken to St. Helena. DNA results support this.

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Catherine Manning says:

Thanks for adding all that detail Ally, what a fascinating family history.

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