C1914
 (1922)

[AUSTRALIA-WA] Buccaneer Archipelago

Rare very large hydrographic chart of the Kimberley region of north Western Australia by John Dodd Nares (1877-1957) in H.M. Surveying ship Fantone, 1911-12. This issue of this chart is different to the first edition issued in 1914 as it … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[AUSTRALIA-WA] Buccaneer Archipelago

Date:

C1914
 (1922)

Condition:

Minor areas of toning, otherwise in good condition, two sheets joined with folds as issued.

Technique:

Engraving.

Image Size: 

1285mm 
x 645mm

Paper Size: 

1325mm 
x 694mm
AUTHENTICITY
[AUSTRALIA-WA] Buccaneer Archipelago - Antique Map from 1914

Genuine antique
dated:

1922

Description:

Rare very large hydrographic chart of the Kimberley region of north Western Australia by John Dodd Nares (1877-1957) in H.M. Surveying ship Fantone, 1911-12. This issue of this chart is different to the first edition issued in 1914 as it has a 315mm  extension added to the right hand side which extends the area covered to Wood Islands (16°23′22″S 123°19′31″E). There is small pasted section added south of Irvine and Cockatoo Island. First issued 16th October 1914, New addition 30th October 1922, small corrections 1925. There are manuscript corrections in red ink in 1937 and 1940 on the north coast of Hidden Island at the bottom of the sheet.

The area was first surveyed by Phillip Parker King 1818-1822 and his chart was published as chart 6 in , Charts of the coast of Australia, 1825. See Tooley 806.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Only holds 1950’s to 1980’s editions

 

John Dodd Nares (1877 - 1957)

Nares was a midshipman in the Crescent, Rapid and Orlando, Australian Station, between 1894 and 1897. He became a lieutenant in 1900, commander in 1913 and captain in 1919, serving in numerous survey ships including the Iroquois, which he commanded in 1928 on the China Station. From 1924 to 1928, 1930 to 1931 and 1940 to 1945, he was Assistant Hydrographer and Naval Assistant to the Hydrographer. In 1952 he was made Director of the International Hydrographic Bureau at Monaco.

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Naval policy dictated that Admiralty charts be destroyed when superseded to avoid navigational error.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