C1893

[AUSTRALIA-WA] The Houtman Rocks and Adjacent Coast

Rare Hydrographic chart of Houtman Abrolhos surveyed by Commander Commanders Wickman and Stokes in 1845, then a later survey by Archdeacon in 1875, first published August 26th, 1845, large corrections to August 1887 and minor corrections to 1902. In addition … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[AUSTRALIA-WA] The Houtman Rocks and Adjacent Coast

Date:

C1893

Condition:

Small stain on the left hand side of lower sheet edge, otherwise in good condition. Laid on linen in 1903.

Technique:

Engraving.

Image Size: 

617mm 
x 470mm

Paper Size: 

701mm 
x 511mm
AUTHENTICITY
[AUSTRALIA-WA] The Houtman Rocks and Adjacent Coast - Antique Map from 1893

Genuine antique
dated:

1893

Description:

Rare Hydrographic chart of Houtman Abrolhos surveyed by Commander Commanders Wickman and Stokes in 1845, then a later survey by Archdeacon in 1875, first published August 26th, 1845, large corrections to August 1887 and minor corrections to 1902. In addition manuscript red ink additions have been added in 1921. There are two insets at right of; Recruit Bay and Good Friday Bay.

 

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 1421822

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Naval policy dictated that Admiralty charts be destroyed when superseded to avoid navigational error.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