C1903

[AUSTRALIA-VIC] Port Phillip West Channel

Scarce Hydrographic chart of Port Phillip Bay, Victoria. The map covers the western side of the bay from St. Leonards to Queenscliff. First issued 20th June 1903, this edition 20th December 1935 and small corrections 1940.  

$A 750

S/N: HYDRO-0309-VIC-033540–381940
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Full Title:

[AUSTRALIA-VIC] Port Phillip West Channel

Date:

C1903

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

670mm 
x 485mm

Paper Size: 

701mm 
x 515mm
AUTHENTICITY
[AUSTRALIA-VIC] Port Phillip West Channel - Antique Map from 1903

Genuine antique
dated:

1903

Description:

Scarce Hydrographic chart of Port Phillip Bay, Victoria. The map covers the western side of the bay from St. Leonards to Queenscliff. First issued 20th June 1903, this edition 20th December 1935 and small corrections 1940.

 

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 451053
State Library Victoria: MAPS 100 AJ 1795- (0309) (small corrections 1954-6.)

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Naval policy dictated that Admiralty charts be destroyed when superseded to avoid navigational error.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