C1933

Map Showing City Railway

Scarce early c.20th miniature map of Sydney, covering the area from Central Railway Station and Milson’s Point. The map shows the Sydney Harbour Bridge which was formally opened on Saturday, 19 March 1932. Among those who attended and gave speeches … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Map Showing City Railway

Date:

C1933

Condition:

Light toning in lower section of the map, otherwise in good condition, with folds as issued.

Technique:

Lithograph printed in colour.

Image Size: 

265mm 
x 176mm

Paper Size: 

117mm 
x 203mm
AUTHENTICITY
Map Showing City Railway - Vintage Map from 1933

Guaranteed Vintage Item
dated:

1933

Description:

Scarce early c.20th miniature map of Sydney, covering the area from Central Railway Station and Milson’s Point. The map shows the Sydney Harbour Bridge which was formally opened on Saturday, 19 March 1932.

Among those who attended and gave speeches were the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Philip Game, and the Minister for Public Works, Lawrence Ennis. The Premier of New South Wales, Jack Lang, was to open the bridge by cutting a ribbon at its southern end but at the last moment a man in military uniform rode up on a horse, slashing the ribbon with his sword and opening the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the name of the people of New South Wales. This was Francis de Groot, who was convicted of offensive behaviour and fined £5 after a psychiatric test proved he was sane, but this verdict was reversed on appeal. De Groot then successfully sued the Commissioner of Police for wrongful arrest and was awarded an undisclosed out of court settlement. De Groot was a member of a right-wing paramilitary group called the New Guard, opposed to Lang’s leftist policies and resentful of the fact that a member of the Royal Family had not been asked to open the bridge.

Herbert Edward Cooper Robinson (1857 - 1933)

Robinson was a founder of the (Royal) Geographical Society of Australasia in 1885, a member of the Geographical Society of New South Wales in the late 1920s and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London. He made many valuable contributions to geographical science and was a delegate to the 1923 Sydney Regional Plan Convention. A friend and technical collaborator of Professor Sir Edgeworth David, he helped to produce David's monumental large-scale Geological Map of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1932. His draughtsmen also produced the maps for Donald Mackay's important aerial surveys of Australia from 1930. 1895 Wentworth Court-Robinson set up his own map-publishing business 1906 Phillip Street 1913 Permanent location at 221-223 George Street. 1917 H. E. C. Robinson Ltd was officially incorporated

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