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 when he was out gathering wildflowers rock that was later identified as copper. The Governor at the time, Captain Grey, was making a botanical collection. Settlers were asked to provide samples of new flowers. Captain Bagot was once described as among ‘the real makers of South Australia’. His grandson married the grandson of Henry Ayres.
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Captain Bagot, “Bagot Range,” Irish Place Names in Australia, accessed November 20, 2017, http://irishplaces.flinders.edu.au/items/show/189.