C1879

Marbiac (Jervis Island), Torres Straits, Pearl Shell Station of Mr. John Bell. (Mabuyag)

Very rare engraved image of John Bell’s pearling station at Mabuyag (Mabuiag) in the western Torres Strait, northeastern Australia. Within two years of the beginning of the pearl rush in early 1870, onshore stations were established at Mabuyag, which was … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Marbiac (Jervis Island), Torres Straits, Pearl Shell Station of Mr. John Bell. (Mabuyag)

Date:

C1879

Artist:

Unknown

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

275mm 
x 102mm
AUTHENTICITY
Marbiac (Jervis Island), Torres Straits, Pearl Shell Station of Mr. John Bell. (Mabuyag) - Antique Print from 1879

Genuine antique
dated:

1879

Description:

Very rare engraved image of John Bell’s pearling station at Mabuyag (Mabuiag) in the western Torres Strait, northeastern Australia.

Within two years of the beginning of the
pearl rush in early 1870, onshore stations
were established at Mabuyag, which was
first visited by shellers at the end of that
year. Reporting on the pearl shell fisheries in
September 1879, Thomas de Hoghton of HMS
Beagle
found Bell’s station still at Mabuyag,
now operating 10 boats and two tenders.

From the original edition of Town and Country Journal.

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