C1838

Plan de La Ville de Sydney 1838.

Early and important plan of Sydney from the rarest of all the French voyage accounts that visited Sydney in the early nineteenth century. Abel Du Petit-Thouars (1793-1864) in the frigate Venus was ordered by King Louis Phillipe to report and … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Plan de La Ville de Sydney 1838.

Date:

C1838

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

380mm 
x 190mm

Frame Size: 

720mm 
x 525mm
AUTHENTICITY
Plan de La Ville de Sydney 1838. - Antique Map from 1838

Genuine antique
dated:

1838

Description:

Early and important plan of Sydney from the rarest of all the French voyage accounts that visited Sydney in the early nineteenth century. Abel Du Petit-Thouars (1793-1864) in the frigate Venus was ordered by King Louis Phillipe to report and assist French whaling interests in the Pacific and the Americas and visited Sydney 21st November 1838 and remained until the 9th December 1838. While in Sydney the French officers were lavishly entertained and made a number of sketches and maps of the thriving settlement.  

The map includes all the important Government and commercial buildings and is one of the  earliest maps to show the locations of the first commercial wharves. Although numerous wharves are shown, only the following are named; Wilson, March, Bettington, Aspinall & Brown’s, Pitman’s and Lamb’s, Walker’s, Campbell and King’s. Also shown on the eastern side of Hyde Park, is Australia’s oldest school; Sydney College (Sydney Grammar School). Sydney College had opened in 1835 with W.T. Cape as Head Master.

From Voyage Autour du Monde sur La Venus 1836-1839.

References:
Howgego, J. Encyclopedia of Exploration 1800-1850. Sydney 2004: D38 p185-187.
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976: 2970.
Sabin, J. A Dictionary of Books Relating to America, from its Discovery to the Present Time. New York. (1936) 1967.: 21354.


Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 2842972

Abel Aubert Dupetit-Thouars (1793 - 1864)

Dupetit-Thouars was a French naval officer. His uncle Aristide Aubert du Petit-Thouars was one of the heroes of the Battle of the Nile. He joined the French Navy in 1804, where he was a cabin boy in the Boulogne fleet. He was the captain of the Inconstant from 1823 to 1825 and sailed her to Brazil. He was promoted to Commander in 1824. He was later put in charge of the Southern Seas command, in the Pacific Ocean. In 1834 he played a key role in protecting French shipping interests against the Peruvians. Meeting with Hawaiians in July 1837 He became "Capitaine de vaisseau" on 6 January 1834, and accomplished a circumnavigation between 1836 and 1839 on the frigate Vénus. During this voyage the Marquesa's were explored. He published an account in 1840 with the title Voyage autour du monde sur la frégate la Vénus. In 1841 he was made Rear-Admiral in charge of the Pacific Naval Division. His mission was to take possession of the Marquesas Islands. In Tahiti, he confronted Queen Pōmare IV, and the English missionary and Consul George Pritchard (1796–1883). He managed to expel Pritchard and established a French protectorate over Tahiti. He was initially denounced for his actions by the French government, which feared a conflict with Great Britain. Relations between France and Great Britain soured considerably during the reign of Louis-Philippe, due to this so-called "Pritchard Affair". Du Petit-Thouars became a Vice-Admiral in 1846.

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