C1870

Floods in the Richmond River District-Subsidence of Waters, and Destruction of Cattle on Messrs. Girards' Dunganabba Station.

Artist:

Artist unknown

In the 1860s Mary Girard (d. 1876), widow of Francis Girard (1791-1859), acquired Lismore Station on the Richmond River. The Girard family also acquired Dungarubba, on the lower Richmond, as a cattle run. &quotThere has been sad havoc among the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Floods in the Richmond River District-Subsidence of Waters, and Destruction of Cattle on Messrs. Girards’ Dunganabba Station.

Date:

C1870

Artist:

Artist unknown

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Original lithograph

Image Size: 

360mm 
x 235mm
AUTHENTICITY
Floods in the Richmond River District-Subsidence of Waters, and Destruction of Cattle on Messrs. Girards' Dunganabba Station. - Antique Print from 1870

Genuine antique
dated:

1870

Description:

In the 1860s Mary Girard (d. 1876), widow of Francis Girard (1791-1859), acquired Lismore Station on the Richmond River. The Girard family also acquired Dungarubba, on the lower Richmond, as a cattle run. &quotThere has been sad havoc among the herds of Messrs. Girrard, at Dunganabba station they counted 1300 head of cattle drowned, and expect to find their loss amount to 2000 head among the number were several valuable bulls. 650 were found in one heap, and 47 carcases were taken out of the framework of a house in course of erection. There is great privation among the free selectors.&quot Very rare lithograph from the original edition of the Illustrated Sydney News. The Illustrated Sydney News, which was published from 1854 to 1889 and included a number of high quality engravings to illustrate the accompanying news and articles. It was issued on a monthly basis due to the time consuming process of having to engrave each illustration which would take one engraver between one and two weeks to make each one. Many famous Australian colonial artists and illustrators were employed in the making of them, such as Julian Ashton, Albert Cooke, Charles Conder, Samuel Calvert, Frank Mahony and Arthur Collingridge. The engravings provided a unique glimpse into colonial life, often depicting situations or scenes that were less than flattering, in contrast to the majority of sanctioned views that provided a sanitized portrayal of life in Australia. Increasingly expensive to produce, the few illustrated newspapers that made use of original engravings for their illustrations, and that survived the economic collapse of the late1880’s found themselves competing against the new technology of photographic produced half-tone and lino type processes the illustrations. By the turn of the century most of the illustrated newspaper had closed. Due to their ephemeral nature few have survived.

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