The Port of Adelaide, which was proclaimed in 1837, shares this distinction particularly when the first settlers arrived and sought refreshment and relaxation after many months cooped up in small areas below the decks of slow sailing vessels.
As with any port, alcoholic beverages were in demand by the free immigrants from the United Kingdom in those early days. Port Adelaide was the welcoming arrival point for all who were about to begin a new life in a strange country.
Because of the difficulties faced in the selection of a site for a capital city in the newly proclaimed state of South Australia in 1836 the final decision resulted in a situation where the city and port were 12 kms apart.
Added to this was the difficulty of access to the original proclaimed site by shipping and the dismal conditions of the tidal swamp surrounding it.
Consequently another port was proclaimed four years later at the site of the present Port Adelaide.