C1897
 (1910)

[AUSTRALIA-WA] Esperance Bay Anchorage / Mary Ann Haven (Hopetoun Harbour)

Scarce Hydrographic chart of of Esperance and Hopetown, Western Australia. When first published on 19th November, 1897 the chart only contained the left inset of “Esperance Bay“, the right hand side was left blank. In this edition Mary Ann Haven … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[AUSTRALIA-WA] Esperance Bay Anchorage / Mary Ann Haven (Hopetoun Harbour)

Date:

C1897
 (1910)

Engraver:

Davies & Co. 

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Engraving.

Image Size: 

652mm 
x 487mm

Paper Size: 

701mm 
x 511mm
AUTHENTICITY
[AUSTRALIA-WA] Esperance Bay Anchorage / Mary Ann Haven (Hopetoun Harbour) - Antique Map from 1897

Genuine antique
dated:

1910

Description:

Scarce Hydrographic chart of of Esperance and Hopetown, Western Australia. When first published on 19th November, 1897 the chart only contained the left inset of “Esperance Bay“, the right hand side was left blank. In this edition Mary Ann Haven has been added to on the right hand side inset. First published 19th November 1897, New editions October 1900 and July 1910, and small corrections 1936. Manuscript corrections have been added in red ink 1938.

Esperance :
Town was gazetted  on 27th September 1895, the chart shows the 2nd jetty which was completed in 1935 and the railway line to Norseman.

Hopetoun:
Mary Ann Harbour was named in 1865 by the sealer James Sale on the cutter Mary Ann. The Mary Ann was owned by whaling master John Thomas of Cheyne’s Beach, 65 kilometres (40 mi) east of Albany, who had named it after his eldest daughter. Hopetoun was established in 1900 as the port servicing the Phillips River goldfield, named after the first Governor-General of Australia, John Hope, 7th Earl of Hopetoun. The townsite was gazetted on 9 February 1901. The town became a shipping port for the mining industry, with a jetty built in 1901, the terminus of a railway line between Hopetoun and Ravensthorpe that operated from 1909 to 1935.

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