C1904

[AUSTRALIA-WA] Western Australia Swan River North Fremantle to Perth Surveyed by Commander L.S.Dawson, R.N.

Spectacular and rare hydrographic chart of the Swan River area, extending from North Fremantle to Perth, Western Australia, first issued 30th July 1904, without large corrections and small corrections to 1930. The regular updating of Hydrographic charts by the Hydrographic … Read Full Description

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[AUSTRALIA-WA] Western Australia Swan River North Fremantle to Perth Surveyed by Commander L.S.Dawson, R.N.

Date:

C1904

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

980mm 
x 665mm

Paper Size: 

1015mm 
x 710mm
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[AUSTRALIA-WA] Western Australia Swan River North Fremantle to Perth Surveyed by Commander L.S.Dawson, R.N. - Antique Map from 1904

Genuine antique
dated:

1904

Description:

Spectacular and rare hydrographic chart of the Swan River area, extending from North Fremantle to Perth, Western Australia, first issued 30th July 1904, without large corrections and small corrections to 1930.

The regular updating of Hydrographic charts by the Hydrographic Office was to ensure that commanders of ships, pilots and other mariners were able to have the most to up to date information available to safely navigate foreign waters and ports as new information of changes to sea depths, sand bars, wrecks or other any other pertinent nautical information that could hinder passage became available. As updated charts were offered for sale, the earlier outdated charts in the hands of mariners, pilots, ships owners and sailors were invariably discarded, subsequently making all British Admiralty issued hydrographic charts of the period rare.

Collections:
State Library Victoria: MAPS 100 AJ 1795- (0431)
Royal Geographic Society SA: Call Number: 804 aj 1862-1913 [431]

Llewellyn Styles Dawson (1859 - 1921)

Llewellyn Styles Dawson (1848-1921) Served as a midshipman on the surveying ships, HMS Medina and HMS Hydra from 1836-1865 in the Mediterranean. Then he was stationed on the HMS Sylvia and HMS Serpent on the coasts of China and Japan. Promoted to Lieutenant in 1869, he successfully surveyed the waters of Yangtze. In 1872, he led the search expedition for Livingstone, but resigned after six months. In 1873 he was assigned to Moresby to explore the coasts of New Guinea and was in 1875 placed in command of HMS Renard and later the HMS Alacrity, to survey Fiji Islands. In 1881 he was selected to be in charge of the reorganised Marine Survey of India and was specially promoted to commander. He was reassigned to the command of HMS Sylvia in 1885 to survey the coasts of Africa, Spain, Turkey and Greece in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. By 1889 he was in command of the HMS Rambler at Thursday Island, and worked in the Torres Strait. His last naval appointment was in 1895, to survey the coasts of Western Australia. He retired as a captain in 1897 and died on December 8, 1921. His memoirs were published in 1885 'Memoirs of Hydrography'. Lieutenant and later Commander, Royal Navy.

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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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