C1905

Map of Western Australia 1905.

Mapmaker:

Harry F. Johnston. (1853 - 1915)

Rare and detailed map of the colony containing a compendium of information including towns, railways, land district boundaries, land division, gold fields, telegraph, stock routes, elevations, steamer routes,lighthouses, rainfall belts, total acres of land under Pastoral Lease and lands open … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Map of Western Australia 1905.

Date:

C1905

Mapmaker:

Harry F. Johnston. (1853 - 1915)

Condition:

Minor repairs to sheet edge, small section replaced at left corner sheet edge, not affecting map.

Technique:

Image Size: 

555mm 
x 380mm
AUTHENTICITY
Map of Western Australia 1905. - Antique Map from 1905

Genuine antique
dated:

1905

Description:

Rare and detailed map of the colony containing a compendium of information including towns, railways, land district boundaries, land division, gold fields, telegraph, stock routes, elevations, steamer routes,lighthouses, rainfall belts, total acres of land under Pastoral Lease and lands open for selection.

Inset of ‘Timber Areas’ with colour key showing distribution of trees.

During this period the Government either sold or leased an enormous quantity of land throughout the state. In the south west of the state alone, over 4,000 applications for land for the purpose of farming were sought and over 1,000,000 acres were approved by 1907. Of these approvals the majority of land was actively cleared within a relative short time. A similar scale of activity occurred throughout the state.

Mapmaker:

Harry Frederick Johnston (1853-1915)

Johnston was surveyor-General of Western Australia from 1896 to 1915.

Born in 1853, as a grandson of Marshall Clifton, he qualified as a surveyor and in 1884, he led a surveying expedition to the Kimberley region of Western Australia. A geologist who was attached to the group, Edward Hardman, was one of the first to discover gold in the area, and his report and maps became a valued resource in the subsequent Kimberley gold rush. In January 1885, Johnston made a claim for a reward offered by the Government of Western Australia for the discovery of the goldfield. He was widely criticised for what was seen by many as ‘Mr. Johnston’s attempt to filch the credit’. However Johnston later stated ‘All I wished was that my claim as a leader of the party and discoverer of new country should not be overlooked.’

Harry Johnston was appointed Surveyor-General in 1896, and held the position until his death.

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