C1852

Convict Tramway.

Scarce colonial lithograph of the convict powered railway cart at Port Arthur, Tasmania. Beside the modern road (at Port Arthur) can be seen the remains of the convict tramway between Taranna and Oakwood, constructed to shorten the time-consuming voyage round … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Convict Tramway.

Date:

C1852

Condition:

Repaired tear to right hand side, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured lithograph.

Image Size: 

180mm 
x 110mm

Paper Size: 

220mm 
x 135mm
AUTHENTICITY
Convict Tramway. - Antique View from 1852

Genuine antique
dated:

1852

Description:

Scarce colonial lithograph of the convict powered railway cart at Port Arthur, Tasmania.

Beside the modern road (at Port Arthur) can be seen the remains of the convict tramway between Taranna and Oakwood, constructed to shorten the time-consuming voyage round the southern tip of the Tasman Peninsula. The carriages were pushed and pulled along the tracks by convicts.

References:
Craig, C. More Old Tasmanian Prints. Launceston 1984: pl. no. 64.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 40722
State Library Victoria: Accession no: H28599

Godfrey Charles Mundy (1804 - 1860)

Mundy was a soldier and author. He entered the army as an ensign in 1821, was commissioned lieutenant in 1823, captain 1826, major 1839, lieutenant-colonel 1845, and colonel 1854. In 1825-26 he was decorated while serving in India as aide-de-camp to Lord Combermere at the siege and storming of Bhurtpore. He was later stationed in Canada and arrived in Sydney from London in the Agincourt in June 1846 as deputy adjutant general of the military forces in Australia. In Australia Mundy accompanied his cousin Governor Sir Charles Fitzroy on several outback tours in New South Wales, and visited Victoria, Van Diemen's Land and New Zealand. He left in August 1851 and during the Crimean war was appointed under-secretary in the War Office. On 4 April 1857 he was appointed lieutenant-governor of Jersey in the Channel Islands with the local rank of major-general. He died in London on 10 July 1860 survived by his wife Louisa Katrina Herbert, whom he had married in Sydney on 6 June 1848, and by their son.

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