C1902

Sketch Map of New South Wales Shewing Rabbit-Proof Fences.

Mapmaker:

Dept of Lands, Sydney

Rare map showing the extent of the existing and proposed rabbit proof fencing in New South Wales, made as a result of the Royal Commission held to investigate the problem in 1901. At lower left is explanation for lines marked: … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Sketch Map of New South Wales Shewing Rabbit-Proof Fences.

Date:

C1902

Mapmaker:

Dept of Lands, Sydney

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued. Laid onto archival linen.

Technique:

Lithograph printed in colour.

Image Size: 

755mm 
x 525mm

Paper Size: 

790mm 
x 560mm
AUTHENTICITY
Sketch Map of New South Wales Shewing Rabbit-Proof Fences. - Antique Map from 1902

Genuine antique
dated:

1902

Description:

Rare map showing the extent of the existing and proposed rabbit proof fencing in New South Wales, made as a result of the Royal Commission held to investigate the problem in 1901.

At lower left is explanation for lines marked:
1. Fencing erected and in the course of being erected.
2. Eastern boundary of proclaimed Rabbit infested district.
3. Land upon which the destruction of rabbits has been proclaimed compulsory.

At right are three extensive keys with explanations for lines marked. 
The rabbit was introduced to Australia with the arrival of the first fleet but it was the release of 24 breeding rabbits by Thomas Austin in Victoria in 1859 as game for shooting parties.that caused the massive explosion in their population. As a member of the Acclimatisation Society of Victoria, Thomas Austin helped to introduce many species from England. In 1861 he wrote that he had introduced hares, blackbirds and thrushes, and that he was breeding English wild rabbits and partridges. By 1887, losses from rabbit damage compelled the New South Wales Government to offer a £25,000 reward for “any method of success not previously known in the Colony for the effectual extermination of rabbits”. A Royal Commission was held to investigate the situation in 1901.

Collections:
National Library Australia:  Bib ID 8058053
State Library NSW: Call Numbers Z/M3 810/1897/2 (note 1897 edition)

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