C1909

[AUSTRALIA-WA] North West Coast / Depuch Island Anchorage and Approaches

Rare first edition of this detailed hydrographic chart of Depuch Island and anchorages, in the Pilbara region, near Port Hedland, Western Australia. Surveyed by Captain J.J. Airey & W.H. Young under the direction of Captain C.J. Irvine, chief Harbour Master, … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[AUSTRALIA-WA] North West Coast / Depuch Island Anchorage and Approaches

Date:

C1909

Condition:

Laid on linen as issued, in good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

650mm 
x 475mm

Paper Size: 

708mm 
x 506mm
AUTHENTICITY
[AUSTRALIA-WA] North West Coast / Depuch Island Anchorage and Approaches - Antique Map from 1909

Genuine antique
dated:

1909

Description:

Rare first edition of this detailed hydrographic chart of Depuch Island and anchorages, in the Pilbara region, near Port Hedland, Western Australia. Surveyed by Captain J.J. Airey & W.H. Young under the direction of Captain C.J. Irvine,
chief Harbour Master, Western Australian. First issued 19th July, 1909. Magnetic Variations 1914.

The island was first charted in July 1801 by the French expedition led by explorer Nicolas Baudin on board the ship Le Géographe. The island was named Ile Depuch after Louis Depuch, a mineralogist on Baudin’s expedition.

Collections:
State Library Victoria: MAPS 100 AJ 1795- (0328)
National Library Australia: Bib ID 449660

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Naval policy dictated that Admiralty charts be destroyed when superseded to avoid navigational error.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