C1832

Sketch of the Coast from Darling Harbour to Elizabeth Bay Showing the Grants to Mr Mcleay and Six other Gentlemen.

A very rare map showing the Sydney Harbour coast line from Darling Harbour to Elizabeth by Sir Thomas Mitchell (1792-1855). The maps focus is on the land grants and estates at Elizabeth Bay given to: Judge Wylde, Dr. Douglas, Busby, A.B. Sparks, … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Sketch of the Coast from Darling Harbour to Elizabeth Bay Showing the Grants to Mr Mcleay and Six other Gentlemen.

Date:

C1832

Engraver:

Samuel Arrowsmith 
(1805 – 
1839)

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured lithograph.

Image Size: 

360mm 
x 300mm

Paper Size: 

395mm 
x 350mm
AUTHENTICITY
Sketch of the Coast from Darling Harbour to Elizabeth Bay Showing the Grants to Mr Mcleay and Six other Gentlemen. - Antique Map from 1832

Genuine antique
dated:

1832

Description:

A very rare map showing the Sydney Harbour coast line from Darling Harbour to Elizabeth by Sir Thomas Mitchell (1792-1855). The maps focus is on the land grants and estates at Elizabeth Bay given to: Judge Wylde, Dr. Douglas, Busby, A.B. Sparks, Jn. Stephen, A.M. Baxter, W. Balcombe, Smith & Barker and A. Mcleay.

In 1826, Governor Darling granted 54 acres of land around Elizabeth Bay to his Colonial Secretary, Alexander Macleay, who conceived of building the finest house in the colony on a site with vistas across Sydney Harbour. Whilst plans for Elizabeth Bay House were made in 1832, its commencement was delayed until 1835 and then was not habitable until 1839. This delay was probably a result of the large expense incurred by Macleay in landscaping a celebrated garden. It was often referred to in colonial times as “the finest house in the colony”. `

Collections:
National Library Australia:  Bib ID274974
State Library NSW: 
Call Number: Z/ Ca 83/ 7

Sir Thomas Mitchell (1792 - 1855)

In 1827, with the support of Sir George Murray, Mitchell became Assistant Surveyor General of New South Wales with the right to succeed John Oxley. Oxley died the following year, and on 27 May 1828, Mitchell became Surveyor General. In this post he did much to improve the quality and accuracy of surveying – a vital task in a colony where huge tracts of land were being opened up and sold to new settlers. One of the first roads surveyed under his leadership was the Great North Road, built by convict labour between 1826 and 1836 linking Sydney to the Hunter Region. The Great South Road (now replaced by the Hume Highway), also convict-built, linked Sydney and Goulburn. As Surveyor General, Mitchell also completed maps and plans of Sydney, including Darling Point, Point Piper, the city, and Port Jackson. In 1834 he was commissioned to survey a map of the Nineteen Counties. The map he produced was done with such skill and accuracy that he was awarded a knighthood

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