C1872
 (1873)

[AUSTRALIA-SA] Guichen Bay to Glenelg River ......

Early issue of this scarce Hydrographic chart of the South Australian coast, extending from Robe to the Glenelg River. First issued 15th May, 1872, this chart with corrections only to August 1873. C.19th charts issued by the British Hydrographic Office … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[AUSTRALIA-SA] Guichen Bay to Glenelg River ……

Date:

C1872
 (1873)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

640mm 
x 472mm

Paper Size: 

876mm 
x 500mm
AUTHENTICITY
[AUSTRALIA-SA] Guichen Bay to Glenelg River ...... - Antique Map from 1872

Genuine antique
dated:

1873

Description:

Early issue of this scarce Hydrographic chart of the South Australian coast, extending from Robe to the Glenelg River. First issued 15th May, 1872, this chart with corrections only to August 1873.

C.19th charts issued by the British Hydrographic Office were continually updated and as a consequence seafarers, merchants and pilots discarded earlier versions, making these charts, rare survivors. The Hydrographic Office first offered it’s chart for sale to the general public through a series of chart agents in 1821.

 

 

Collections:
State Library Victoria: MAPMF Historical plans collection MCS 86 ( Reproduction/microfish
National Library Australia: Bib ID 1775981

Hydrographic charting of Australia History ( - )

Naval policy dictated that Admiralty charts be destroyed when superseded to avoid navigational error. It was during Rear Admiral John Washington’s period as the Admiralty’s hydrographer, 1855-1863, that a series of agreements were drawn up with the Australian colonies. These agreements provided boats and crews for use by officers lent from the Royal Navy to chart the coasts and shoal waters in the approaches to the rapidly developing towns, communication with which was seriously hampered by the the frequency of shipwrecks. It had been the discovery of gold and the consequent rush of miners and emigrants from not only England but California that added greatly the numbers of ships sailing to Australia’s east coast. This led to numerous petitions being made to Her Majesty’s Government to chart the eastern approaches to Australia to make for safer passage for shipping.

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Commander Frederick Howard ( - )

Commander Howard took charge of the Admiralty Survey of the South Australian coast following the death of Captain John Hutchison RN in 1869. Howard continued the survey aboard HM Surveying schooner 'Beatrice' and received promotional commission as Staff Commander in 1871.

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