C1876

The Tommy Norton Towing a Schooner Outside the Entrance.

Rare colonial engraving of the “Tommy Norton” at the Entrance. The Thomas Norton was a paddle steamer operated in the 1870s at Lakes Entrance and in the Gippsland Lakes, affectionately known as the ‘Tommy Norton’. Built by W & G … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Tommy Norton Towing a Schooner Outside the Entrance.

Date:

C1876

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

222mm 
x 160mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Tommy Norton Towing a Schooner Outside the Entrance. - Antique Print from 1876

Genuine antique
dated:

1876

Description:

Rare colonial engraving of the “Tommy Norton” at the Entrance.
The Thomas Norton was a paddle steamer operated in the 1870s at Lakes Entrance and in the Gippsland Lakes, affectionately known as the ‘Tommy Norton’. Built by W & G White at Williamstown, Victoria, in 1859, consisted of one deck, one mast, with a rounded stern. She was brought to the Gippsland Lakes by the newly formed ‘Gippsland Lakes Navigation Company’ in 1864. The steamer worked as a tug, at the bar of the natural entrance to the Gippsland Lakes. She worked in direct competition with the ‘Lady of the Lake’, towing schooners and steamers through the tricky and forever varying entrance. When the natural entrance was totally sealed or too shallow to navigate, the  ‘Tommy Norton’ would be used to take passengers and cargo on the twice-weekly Latrobe Bridge, Sale to Bairnsdale run. Sadly, on the 26th October 1877, in the evening somewhere between 6:00 and 7:00 pm, the ‘Tommy Norton’ sank.

From the original edition of the Illustrated Sydney News.

J.W.C. - James Waltham Curtis (1839 - 1901)

Curtis was a painter, illustrator and photographic colourist. A regular exhibitor at the Black and White exhibitions, Victorian Academy of Arts, in the 1880s. painter, illustrator and photographic colourist, was born in Devonshire. He had worked on the London Graphic and Sketcher before coming to Victoria, probably with the goldrush. In Melbourne he worked first as a colourist for Johnstone, O’Shannessy and Co., then as an illustrator on the Illustrated Australian News succeeding O.R. Campbell. He often signed his works with the monogram.

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