C1857

Port of Warrnambool.

Early engraved view of Warrnambool by S.T.Gill. The area was frequented by whalers early in the 19th century. Matthew Flinders sailed the coast in the Investigator, and Captain Grant in the Lady Nelson also explored the area. The first settlers … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Port of Warrnambool.

Date:

C1857

Engraver:

J. Tingle 

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

165mm 
x 100mm
AUTHENTICITY
Port of Warrnambool. - Antique View from 1857

Genuine antique
dated:

1857

Description:

Early engraved view of Warrnambool by S.T.Gill.

The area was frequented by whalers early in the 19th century. Matthew Flinders sailed the coast in the Investigator, and Captain Grant in the Lady Nelson also explored the area. The first settlers arrived in the 1840s in the Lady Bay area, which was a natural harbour. During the Victorian Gold Rush, Warrnambool became an important port and grew quickly in the 1850s. Warrnambool was declared a town in 1883, and a city in 1918.

Samuel Thomas Gill (1818 - 1880)

Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-1880) S.T. Gill as he is often now known, was born at Somerset, England, the son of Rev. Samuel Gill, Baptist minister, and educated at Plymouth in a school kept by his parents, and later at Dr Seabrook's academy. His father taught him drawing and he was later employed in London as 'Draftsman and Water Colour Painter' by the Hubard Profile Gallery, an establishment which produced silhouettes. He arrived in South Australia in 1839 and by March 1840 had established a studio in Gawler Place, Adelaide, which was open from 'eleven till dusk'; he offered to produce portraits of human beings, horses and dogs, and to sketch houses and transfer the sketches 'to paper suited for home conveyance'. In 1846 he accompanied the Horrock's expedition which reached the head of Spencer Gulf.  In 1852 Gill travelled to the Victoria and in the next twenty years produced drawings, watercolours and lithographs of scenes of the Victorian and New South Wales gold fields. After 1870 Gill fell into obscurity and on 27 October 1880 he collapsed in Post Office Place, Melbourne, and was found to be dead when taken to hospital. Gill's legacy is a large body of work which portrayed life during the greatest gold boom the world had ever seen.

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