C1936

[AUSTRALIA-VIC] Hobsons Bay, River Yarra and Melbourne

Rare Hydrographic chart of Melbourne, Victoria. The map covers Melbourne from  Williamstown to Footscray, across to the CBD and south to Point Ormond/ Elwood. First issued 8th May 1936, this new edition has the title moved from the top left … Read Full Description

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S/N: HYDRO-0624-VIC-363741–381947
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Full Title:

[AUSTRALIA-VIC] Hobsons Bay, River Yarra and Melbourne

Date:

C1936

Condition:

Few small spots at bottom, otherwise in good condition. With folds as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

662mm 
x 988mm

Paper Size: 

702mm 
x 1027mm
AUTHENTICITY
[AUSTRALIA-VIC] Hobsons Bay, River Yarra and Melbourne - Vintage Map from 1936

Guaranteed Vintage Item
dated:

1936

Description:

Rare Hydrographic chart of Melbourne, Victoria. The map covers Melbourne from  Williamstown to Footscray, across to the CBD and south to Point Ormond/ Elwood. First issued 8th May 1936, this new edition has the title moved from the top left to the top right, large corrections 10th December 1937 and small corrections 1941. Added small corrections have been added in manuscript, using red ink dated 1943.

 

Collections:
National Library Australia: This edition not in collection.
State Library Victoria: MAPS 100 AJ 1795- (0624)

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Naval policy dictated that Admiralty charts be destroyed when superseded to avoid navigational error.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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