1839 (1846) Australia – Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge


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Fine original steel engraved map of Australia in 1839. Engraved by J & C Walker and published by Charles Knight under the Superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

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Fascinating map of Australia with a population breakdown for each part of the Colony. New South Wales 78,000; Van Diemen’s Land 43,000; Port Phillip 3,000; South Australia 13,000; West Australia 4,000; Total 141,000. The Colony of North Australia, established in 1838, is indicated on the map however the population must have been too small to be counted.

The SDUK produced two landmark volumes in cartography in the first half of the 19th century. The first volume concentrated on areas of the Old World, Europe, Africa, Great Britain etc. The second volume contained maps of the New World, America, South Asia, including US state maps, colonies of Australia, South Africa, South America etc. Also included were some of the finest engraved town and city plans published at that time.The SDUK was published in its entirety or in part by many publishers including Baldwin and Cradock 1829-32, Chapman & Hall in 1844, Charles Knight & co. 1846 – 1852. G. Cox published the SDUK between 1852-3, Stanford 1857-70 and later revised edition were also published after Stanford. (Ref: Tooley, M&B)

Dimensions 34 × 28 cm
Map Maker

Dimensions with Mount

50 x 44cm


London 1846


Hand coloured steel engraving


Fine. Slight toning throughout.

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