Colonial engraving of Rockhampton.
The area was first explored by Charles and William Archer who discovered and named the Fitzroy River (after Governor Charles Fitz Roy) on 4 May 1853. The Archers were of Scottish descent but their family had moved to Norway in 1825. It was from their adopted country that they took the names Eidsvold and Berserker (a Norse hero) after whom they named the local mountain range.
William Crothers Fitler (1857-1915)
Fitler was born in Philadelphia in 1857 and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He was a tonalist landscape painter and most of his works depict views of New York, Connecticut, or Long Island. Fitler was a member of the Salmagundi Club, New York Watercolor Club, Brooklyn Art Association, Artists Fund Society, and New York Municipal Art Society. Fitler came to Australia with Fred B. Schell and W.T. Smedley to work on Australia’s most ambitious and largest colonial publishing venture the Picturesque Atlas of Australia.
On his return to Amercia he exhibited widely and was included in shows at the National Academy (1880-1907), Brooklyn Art Club (1881-1886), and Boston Art Club (1881-1908).
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