C1867

The Floods on the Hawkesbury-The Drowning of William and Thomas Eather.

Very rare colonial engraving showing the Eather family desperately clinging onto the roof of their house in the 1867 Hawkesbury River flood at Windsor. The flood waters which reached almost 20m at Windsor drowned 12 members of the Eather family … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Floods on the Hawkesbury-The Drowning of William and Thomas Eather.

Date:

C1867

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

347mm 
x 235mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Floods on the Hawkesbury-The Drowning of William and Thomas Eather. - Antique View from 1867

Genuine antique
dated:

1867

Description:

Very rare colonial engraving showing the Eather family desperately clinging onto the roof of their house in the 1867 Hawkesbury River flood at Windsor. The flood waters which reached almost 20m at Windsor drowned 12 members of the Eather family

On June 21, 1867, brothers Thomas and William Eather and their families sought refuge on the roof of their brother George’s house besides Rickabys Creek in Cornwallis. But before a rescue boat arrived, the house collapsed, sweeping the wives and 10 children away.

From the original edition of The Illustrated Sydney News.

Collections:
State Library New South Wales: F8/39-40
State Library Victoria: 1853-1872
National Library Australia: Bib ID 440095

Arthur Levett Jackson (1834 - 1888)

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Eugene Montagu (Monty) Scott (1835 - 1909)

Scott was a cartoonist and illustrator, in London, migrated to Victoria in the 1850s and worked as a photographer. On 20 July 1859 in Melbourne he married Amy Johnson. In 1857-65 he contributed drawings and cartoons to the Illustrated Australian Mail, Illustrated Melbourne Post and Melbourne Punch. In 1866 Scott moved to Sydney as chief cartoonist for the Sydney Punch. In 1867 he received a 250 guineas commission for a portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh. He was established in a photographic salon in George Street and in the 1870s his large wood-engravings and lithographs of rugged outdoor scenes, formal functions and public personalities regularly enlivened the Illustrated Sydney News. Bankrupt in June 1870, Scott was forced to sell his photographic equipment to meet his creditors. In 1871 the Sydney Mail employed him as its first artist. From 1880 the Bulletin carried some cartoons and occasional engravings of local dignitaries by Scott. The Brisbane Boomerang, founded 1887, ran his cartoons until 1891 when he drew the first cartoons for the Queensland Worker, continuing as its chief cartoonist until 1909. In 1889 he had moved to Brisbane and on 5 December married a widow, Mary Ellen Price, née Mehan; he lived there four years. In the ensuing years Montagu received less work as photographic illustrations replaced engravings and lithographs.

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