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Chequered LivesThis site is devoted at present to providing material supplementary to the book: Chequered Lives. John Barton Hack and Stephen Hack and the Early Days of South Australia by Iola Mathews (with Chris Durrant) published by the Wakefield Press, Adelaide, in December 2013.

It is available also as an ebook from Wakefield Press.


Larger-scale versions of the maps illustrating the book may be found here.


Formal reviews, brief notices and publicity.


Corrections have been made progressively to each reprint (including the e-book).

Other topics

For a list of other topics and links to them, please click on Site Map in the panel on the left.



12 February 2014

The Contact Form facility is currently unavailable. In the meantime, please send comments to hackinfoline@gmail.com.

20 March 2014

The portrait of Edard Hack now identified as one of William.

An importation of vine cuttings by Charles Powell in 1836, preceding that of Barton in 1837.

Several contemporary accounts of events at Encounter Bay in 1837.

13 April 2014

The maps illustrating the book.