C1824

Map of Van Dieman's Land. Map of Part of New South Wales.

Mapmaker:

William Home Lizars (1788 - 1859)

A scarce and attractive early map of New South Wales and Tasmania with insets of the towns of Hobart and Sydney. Reference key to places and features located top left corner of the New South Wales map. Rare map of … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Map of Van Dieman’s Land. Map of Part of New South Wales.

Date:

C1824

Mapmaker:

William Home Lizars (1788 - 1859)

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

440mm 
x 300mm

Paper Size: 

500mm 
x 355mm
AUTHENTICITY
Map of Van Dieman's Land. Map of Part of New South Wales. - Antique Map from 1824

Genuine antique
dated:

1824

Description:

A scarce and attractive early map of New South Wales and Tasmania with insets of the towns of Hobart and Sydney. Reference key to places and features located top left corner of the New South Wales map.

Rare map of New South Wales from Newcastle (Port Hunter)  to Jervis Bay showing the extent of colonisation up to Throsby 1825.

The inset view looking west across present day Circular Quay, includes the hexagonal stone cottage named after Billy Blue, ‘an imposing Jamaican-born ex-convict and ferryman whom Governor Macquarie appointed constable and harbour master’.

The route of Throsby south of Sydney are shown.

Thorsby was one of the first settlers in the Illawarra district, where in November 1816 his stockmen already had a hut, and he was also one of the first to settle in the Moss Vale district. In August 1817 he explored the country west of Sutton Forest with Hamilton Hume, a family friend. In March and April 1818 he accompanied Surveyor-General James Meehan on a journey from the Cowpastures through Moss Vale to Bundanoon Creek and south-east to Jervis Bay; after the party divided Throsby reached the Shoalhaven River and Jervis Bay.

In April 1819 he made a tour from the Cowpastures to Bathurst, opening up fertile country which Macquarie felt would meet the increase of settlers for many years; for this he granted Throsby 1000 acres, and also rewarded his companions and servants. In 1819 Throsby discovered a pass between the Illawarra and Robertson districts and successfully drove a herd of cattle through it. In March 1820 he explored the country around Goulburn and Lake Bathurst and penetrated as far as the Breadalbane Plains. Macquarie gave him superintendence over the building of the road from the Cowpastures to the new country, which was placed under the direction of Throsby’s servant Joseph Wild. In 1820 Macquarie visited the work party, which had reached the Cookbundoon Range, and gave Throsby’s estate in the new country the name of Throsby Park.

Additional notes such as, “Beautiful open country” and “well watered” were obviously intended for prospective emigrants.

References: Tooley 334 Plate 213

Collections:
National Library Australia:  Bib ID585715
State Library NSW: Call Numbers M2 811/1824/1

Mapmaker:

William Home Lizars (1788–1859)

Lizars was born at Edinburgh in 1788. He was an artist and engraver, the son of Daniel Lizars, and brother of the surgeon John Lizars.

His sister Jean (Jane) Home married Sir William Jardine.His father was a publisher and an engraver and Lizars was apprenticed to his father. He furthered his studies at the Trustees’ Academy, Edinburgh. Lizars took over his fathers business on his death. Lizars met J. J. Audubon in Edinburgh in October 1826  and agreed to publish Audubo Lizars perfected a method of etching which performed the functions of wood-engraving, for illustration of books.

He died in Edinburgh on 30 March 1859, leaving a widow and family. Lizars took an active part in the foundation of the Royal Scottish Academy.

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