C1792

Chart Shewing the Track of the Waaksamhey’d Transport from Port Jackson in New South Wales to Batavia, in 1792.

Important c.18th map of Australia and one of only a handful of pre c.19th maps to focus solely on Australia and curiously shown upside down with Tasmania joined to the mainland. The east coast is shown with the discoveries made … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Chart Shewing the Track of the Waaksamhey’d Transport from Port Jackson in New South Wales to Batavia, in 1792.

Date:

C1792

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

250mm 
x 215mm

Paper Size: 

285mm 
x 235mm
AUTHENTICITY
Chart Shewing the Track of the Waaksamhey'd Transport from Port Jackson in New South Wales to Batavia, in 1792. - Antique Map from 1792

Genuine antique
dated:

1792

Description:

Important c.18th map of Australia and one of only a handful of pre c.19th maps to focus solely on Australia and curiously shown upside down with Tasmania joined to the mainland. The east coast is shown with the discoveries made by James Cook on his first voyage and a number of the early Dutch discoveries are shown: Hartog 1616, Houtman 1619, van Leeuwin 1622, Nuyts 1627, de Witt 1628 (incorrectly dated 1618), and Tasman 1642-1644.

After HMS Sirius under the command of John Hunter, had run aground on a reef at Norfolk Island  on 19 March 1790, the ships company were consequently unable to leave the island for a year. Hunter finally left 27 March 1791 on the hired Dutch vessel the Waaksamhey’d and steered a longer course to Batavia via the north coast of New Guinea and the Philippines., the tracks of his course are shown on the map. On his return to England, Hunter was court-martialed over the loss of the Sirius but was honourably acquitted of all blame.  During his forced stay, Hunter made a detailed survey of the island and in his dispatch of 1 March 1791, Phillip recorded Hunter’s suggestion of a safer landing place at Cascade Bay.

References:
Perry, T. & Prescott, D. A guide to maps of Australia in books published 1780-1830. Canberra 1996: 1792.07, p.68.
Tooley, R.V. The Mapping of Australia. London 1979: 1210.
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976: 152.
Hill, J. The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages. San Diego 1974: 857.
Wantrup, J. Australian Rare Books. Sydney 1987: 13.


Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 287900
State Library Victoria: RARELTF 994.02 H91H
State Library South Australia: Map 429565

John Stockdale (1749 - 1814)

John Stockdale (1749-1814) Stockdale started life in modest circumstances as a porter to the publisher John Almon. On the retirement of his employer he started up in business in his own premises in Piccadilly. Among his most famous maps are those that relate to to establishment of the convict settlement of 'Sydney Cove'.

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