Captain Bagot, an Irish emigration agent for Clare was born and raised in County Kildare. He arrived in 1840 on the Mary Dugdale with hundreds of immigrants mostly from Ireland’s County Clare. Bagot built a large house in Stanley Street, North Adelaide that he named Nurney House after his ancestral home in Kildare, Ireland. He played a prominent part in the founding of South Australia, explored the northern part of the Province, and was a co-founder of the Kapunda copper mine: his son found some green rock when he was out gathering wildflowers that was later identified as copper. His wildflower collection was a contributionm to the botanical collection of the Governor at the time, Captain Grey who was looking for new specimens. Captain Bagot was once described as among ‘the real makers of South Australia’. His grandson married the grandson of Henry Ayres.


S A Hill, An Illustrated Guide to Historic Kapunda, Salisbury Education Centre,1986


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